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Commencement and Homecoming bring joy to thousands.

Hard work pays off for co-founder of Angie’s Kettle Corn.

Professor James S. Miller is remembered with love and appreciation. Winter 2011-2012



BULLETIN Winter 2011-2012 Vol. 95, No. 3 Jim Caskey ’84 Vice president for institutional advancement Richard R. Aguirre Editor Alysha Landis ’11 Acting news bureau coordinator Hannah Gerig Meyer ’08 Art director Myrna Yoder Kaufman ’66 Editorial assistant Kelli Burkholder King ’77 Director of alumni and church relations Karen Sommers Alumni office assistant Isaiah Goertz ’06 Web designer/developer Submit notes and address changes to: Goshen College College Relations 1700 South Main Street Goshen, IN 46526-4794 Email: Web: The Goshen College Bulletin (ISSN 0017-2308) is published three times yearly by Goshen College, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen, IN 465264794. Second-class postage is paid at Goshen, Ind., and at additional mailing offices. Postmaster: Send address changes to Goshen College Bulletin, 1700 South Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526. Lithographed in the United States. Be green! When you are finished reading this issue, please recycle it or pass it on to a friend.


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IN THIS ISSUE 08 ABOUT THE COVER Photo by Tim Blaum ’10 Goshen College students, faculty, staff, retirees, alumni and friends First Fridays has become an unqualified success for downtown Goshen and its businesses. Thousands gather to shop, eat and enjoy art displays and musical performances. First Friday on Oct. 7, 2011 coincided with Homecoming Weekend and drew an especially large turnout from the Goshen College community. People connected with GC paused for this photograph on Washington Street, just east of Main Street, as evening fell. Index photo of Fall 2011 Applause Avenue by Jodi H. Beyeler

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Remembered with Love

The Goshen College community was shocked and saddened by the death of Professor James S. Miller. In the days that followed, students, faculty, staff, retirees and alumni honored Miller for his many contributions to students.


Popping up Success

Angie (Miller) Bastian ’83 and her husband, Dan, are enjoying the success of Angie’s Kettle Corn, a company rooted in family and community values.


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Send your letters of response to the Bulletin to or to Goshen College Bulletin, 1700 S. Main St., Goshen, IN 46526.

We had severe weather this last week, culminating with a tornado warning and nearby tornado touchdowns. Since Texas houses do not have basements, my husband and I took shelter in the closet with our cat and read the Bulletin by flashlight to help calm our nerves and pass the time. Thanks! Jenna Yoder ’07, Denton, Texas What a great story regarding my dear old friend, John Ingold. It has been so long since I have seen John and Margaret, and they are old friends. I moved from Goshen in 1974, but have many found memories of John and I have in my hand now a Jogging Achievement Award, presented to me from John, after I had left dated June 6, 1984, saying I had jogged 10,000 miles. Many happy memories on the athletic field with the guidance of John. We were neighbors on South Main Street. You do a great job with the Bulletin and we enjoy reading it. John and Patty Abshire, Aiken, S.C. Special congratulations on the last issue of the Bulletin! General appearance, content and choice of articles; great job! I’m grateful for Goshen College in my life! Lois Mast ’55, Lederach, Pa.

I picked up Goshen’s Spring 2011 Bulletin while attending the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Pittsburgh. Your editor’s note, “Life Lessons from the (Sugarcreek) Budget,” caught my attention. I thought it well written and I related to its content. Our son recently transferred his church membership from Souderton Mennonite Church in Franconia Conference to Center Amish Mennonite Church in Kansas. He closed out his Facebook page in exchange for more fellowship with his church community. Our daughter recently transferred to Goshen from EMU after having spent two years at Hesston College. We tease her that she has to get into a Goshen admissions publication before she graduates as she was in both Hesston and EMU press releases. Thanks again for your thoughtful article. Linda Bishop, Souderton, Pa. Thanks for the good news through the Bulletin from Goshen College. I am a graduate of that fine college, Class of 1972. I’m currently a full professor of education/adult education/non-formal education. I am proud of Goshen College. I was involved in sports, too – the soccer team. Thank God I secured All-NAIA in that sport while at Goshen. Yosiah Bwatwa ’72, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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CELEBRATING THE YEAR OF THE SERVANT LEADER EACH YEAR for the whole year, as a campus community, we focus our attention on one of our core values within the context of being a Christ-centered liberal arts college. This year, we are considering the core value of “Servant Leadership.” The juxtaposition of “Servant” with “Leadership” creates a paradox, an odd coupling to be sure. Servant suggests “vulnerability, one who serves, or performs duties for another person or master or employer.” “Leadership” suggests “king of the beasts” or a person who “takes charge” of a situation or workplace. The paradox, “servant leadership” was introduced into the modern lexicon in 1970 by business leader Robert Greenleaf, who had worked at AT&T for 40 years in many different leadership capacities and believed that in the information age, where service and technology industries rule, the old styles of command and performance leadership were outdated and ultimately unproductive. By intertwining the word “servant” and “leadership,” Greenleaf believed, that together the words said something far more profound, and true than either word separately and alone. Emphasizing either half of the paradox, leader-first or servant-first, Greenleaf felt, diminished the infinite in-between varieties, blends and shadings of strong and effective leadership. Context determines which side of the paradox to emphasize when. Greenleaf acknowledged that his formulation was simply a borrowing of a much older paradoxical leadership style found in the life and teaching of Jesus. Jesus brought together the paradoxical nature of God as Creator and Creature, Transcendent and Immanent, Almighty and Vulnerable, Divine and Human. Jesus was king, but of an upside down kingdom where the last was to be first and the first, last. Max Dupree, chairman and CEO of Herman Miller, Inc., an innovative Fortune 500 furniture company, authored a number of books on leadership, such as “Leadership Jazz”. He boiled down servant leadership to one of responsibility and gratitude: “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say ‘thank you.’ In between, a leader is to be a servant.”

Both Greenleaf and Dupree spoke about the “in between-ness” of the paradox of servant leadership. With those definitions as a backdrop, there are several characteristics of the kind of Christcentered Servant Leadership that I hope will become a core part of the lives of our students as they learn, and later graduate from Goshen College. First, a servant leader embraces vulnerability as strength. One of the great images of such “vulnerable strength,” is that of water. Water is paradoxically soft and strong; it yields, caresses, soothes, heals, bathes, quenches and sustains; yet water can wear a solid, rigid immovable rock into sand and patiently chisel a loamy riverbank into the Grand Canyon. Another sure sign of a servant leader, who embraces vulnerability as strength, is laughter. And not just any old laugh, but mostly laughter at herself or himself or laughing at the absurdities of immovable opinions or intractable positions. “Laughter at oneself ” or one’s predicament is a ready sign of a Christ-like servant leader. A servant leader also shapes culture – “defines reality,” influences culture, for the common good. A servant leader promotes a vision that is expansive, contagious and inviting. Servant leaders do not stand on the sidelines or harp from a distance. They work to implement their vision in real life situations and times and bear the responsibility of its burden. A servant leader must have the courage to become truly “inter-cultural,” to lead culture or cultures to the better place, the higher plain, the nobler calling. I want our students to become “Culture for Service” leaders – leaders in service. Finally, I hope our students will abound in gratitude and take time to pray – as did Jesus. They might consider two favorite short prayers by Anne Lamott, the writer, that when recited side-by-side create a leadership paradox. Simply put, they are: “O Lord, Help me, Help me, Help me.” And, “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Dr. James E. Brenneman President of Goshen College

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CELEBRATING OUR CLOSE TOWN-GOWN RELATIONSHIP The Bulletin’s cover image – a joyous Goshen College gathering in downtown Goshen – was captured during a beautiful First Friday in October. On one level, the photo symbolizes the ties uniting GC’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. On another level, it symbolizes the college’s close and growing relationship with the City of Goshen. Alumni serve on the City Council, teach in local schools, provide health care at IU Health Goshen Hospital and other medical facilities, operate scores of businesses, build and rehabilitate homes, lead and worship at many local churches and direct many nonprofit organizations. One can hardly go anywhere in Goshen without finding some connection to the college. That doesn’t mean the relationship – like any between people – has been without its ups and downs. There have been disagreements over the years, such as when local residents have gotten mad at students or faculty for opposing U.S. wars in such places as Vietnam, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. Some local residents objected in June 2011 when the Board of Directors asked President Brenneman to find an alternative to playing the National Anthem – and when the President subsequently picked “America the Beautiful.” During the recent city election, some Republican candidates tried to make an issue of the fact that some Democratic candidates had strong connections to the college. Contacted by reporters for his reaction, President Brenneman pointed out that as a tax-exempt organization, Goshen College did not engage in political activity for or against candidates for public office. He also reminded people of the 108-year relationship between the city and the college; Goshen’s civic leaders persuaded the Elkhart Institute’s board to relocate the school to Goshen in 1903 by providing a $10,000 loan to purchase land in exchange for naming the school “Goshen College” for at least 10 years. The city and the college have a mutually beneficial relationship. The college has benefitted from the enrollment of local students and from the individuals, businesses and organizations that have hired GC graduates and supported the college’s mission, programs and activities. In turn, GC has benefitted the city through the work and service of thousands of alumni who live here; the tens of thousands of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars in donations provided yearly by students and employees; our nearly 300 employees and more than 1,000 students who provide an economic impact of more than $36 million to the county; and the many art, musical, theater, educational and athletic events made available to the community. From a former wheat field at the end of 8th Street, Goshen College has produced students who have gone on to serve Goshen – and the world – in innumerable ways. That’s something “town and gown” can both smile about.

FIND MENNO Menno Simmons was a peacemaker for all times and seasons. We heard from 52 of you who correctly found Menno in the Spring 2011 issue on page 7, enjoying the snow alongside seven Goshen College students. We love hearing from all of you as you find where Menno is hiding (he looks just like the photo at the top, just smaller). So, when you do, submit your entry to gcbulletin@ by Feb. 1, 2012, for a chance to win. Be sure to include your name, hometown and graduation year/affiliation with Goshen College. From the correct submissions, we chose at random five lucky winners to receive limited-edition Bulletin T-shirts: 1. June Miller Entz ’03, Whitewater, Kan. 2. Mary Lou Swartzendruber Farmer ’75, Washington, Iowa 3. Sarah Buller Fenton ’77, Tremont, Ill.

Richard R. Aguirre Director of Public Relations,


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4. Melissa Quon Huber ’88, Lansing, Mich. 5. Rob Steiner ’98, Goshen, Ind.



Kennard Martin came to Goshen College in 1961 to work in the Dining Hall for two years, to satisfy his 1-W conscientious objector alternative service. Fifty years later, he’s still serving the college by mowing the lawns and plowing snow, making him the longest-working employee at Goshen College. The college recognized his 50 years of service during the opening convocation on Aug. 31. President Jim Brenneman highlighted Martin’s years of servant leadership by declaring the 2011-12 school year “The Year of Kennard Martin, Leader in Service,” prompting students, faculty and staff to respond with a standing ovation. “He embodies a servant’s heart. His is a labor of love,” Brenneman said of Martin. “He gets up before dawn, stays late when needed.

He has mowed our lawns, plowed our walks in the winter, day in and day out, for 50 years.” When Martin isn’t plowing snow or mowing the lawns – and he’s mowed about 49 square miles during his tenure – Martin does light maintenance work. Craig Johnson, the physical plant grounds supervisor, said, “(Kennard) is a wealth of knowledge and we go to him whenever we don’t know how to handle a situation.” Martin has seen many changes working on campus for 50 years, including the addition of the Good Library, Umble Center, Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center and the Music Center. But what hasn’t changed is his passion for the outdoors and his job. “I love the changing of the seasons and the energy student activity brings on campus,” said Martin, who has two adult children, Maria Shisler and Bryan Martin. Even after 50 years, Martin does not have any immediate plans to retire. “I’m just trying to make things safe and beautiful for the campus,” he said. – Alysha Landis ’11

GOSHEN RATED AMONG THE BEST U.S. COLLEGES Fall brought more than a new class of students and golden and auburn leaves to Goshen College. It also brought a fresh crop of annual rankings for the college. •

GC placed 139th out of 236 national liberal arts colleges in the 2012 “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Goshen also made the list for being a “Least Debt College,” a school with among the highest rates of students studying abroad and the highest percentage of international students. It also ranked in the top 100 liberal arts colleges for best campus ethnic diversity and for economic diversity. Forbes magazine ranked Goshen 260th on an elite list of 650 institutions – selected from the more than 4,000 total U.S. colleges and universities – based on its student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards (so Forbes now ranks GC among the top 6.5 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities). Among the 18 Indiana schools on the list, GC was ranked eighth.

In the list of 249 liberal arts colleges, the Washington Monthly ranked Goshen College 154th. With very different criteria than other well-known college rankings, Washington Monthly highlights colleges whose students, faculty and alumni provide “contributions to public good.”

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Goshen College 80th on a list of 100 best values in private liberal arts colleges based on academic quality and affordability, with quality accounting for the majority of the total.

Finally, GC was among only 200 U.S. colleges and universities to be named a “College of Distinction” for providing students with the highest level of undergraduate education and continuing to demonstrate its commitment to four distinctions: “Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities and Successful Outcomes.” Only five colleges in Indiana received this recognition.

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Heather Zimmerman ’11, left, and Naomi Webster ’11 in Guam.


Four years ago, Heather Zimmerman ’11 came to Goshen College from Barrigada, Guam, to major in American Sign Language. Now, she has graduated and has taken her passion for ASL to give back to the country from which she came. After two years of planning, Zimmerman, along with her friend and colleague, Naomi Webster ’11, from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who also majored in ASL, led Guam’s first-ever day camp for deaf children for a week during the summer. “Deaf children in Guam often get isolated and are deprived of the same learning opportunities as hearing children,” said Zimmerman. That’s why she wanted to bring the same atmosphere of intentional learning and fun that she learned from working at several U.S. deaf camps to deaf children in Guam. So Zimmerman and Webster began planning Guam’s Own Deaf Children’s Day Camp. The camp was held at Southern Christian Academy in Guam, where Zimmerman previously attended. A member of a local church volunteered to shuttle the campers to and from the school every day. She compared it to the loaves and fish miracle when, a day before the camp started, a local church member volunteered to provide lunch for the campers every day. The women used yet another connection to get other staff members for the camp. Zimmerman’s parents run a nonprofit organization that provides residential recovery counseling for women with substance abuse issues. Several women from the organization signed up to help at the deaf camp to fulfill community service hours. Although the volunteers weren’t fluent in ASL, they helped lead activities. Every day, five deaf children came to the camp, in addition to five to 10 curious hearing children. “Some kids would sneak out of the summer classes that were being held at the academy to join in the camp activities,” said Zimmerman, “but we told them they had to sign if they wanted to participate.” In the end, the camp was well received and many people were eager to help. “Awareness wasn’t our original goal; the focus shifted once we got the camp running, but we were able to handle it,” said Zimmerman. “Our goal was to inspire deaf children, but we ended up inspiring hearing people, too.” Zimmerman and Webster have even bigger ideas for next summer; they want to expand the camp another week and increase the number of deaf participants. “It’s been a faith type of journey from my dream that started two years ago,” said Zimmerman. “God opened up the doors for us and provided many miracles.” To learn more about Guam’s Own Deaf Children’s Day Camp, send an email to – Alysha Landis ’11

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Goshen College students in Kenya with GC Professor Ryan Sensenig, right, kneeling in the front row.

STUDENTS SPEND SUMMER IN KENYA RESEARCHING FIRE ECOLOGY While most college students may spend their summers near home and taking a break from studies, four Goshen College students and recent alumni spent their summer riding around the African savanna in a Land Rover, spotting elephants and studying fire ecology with their professor. For six weeks, the students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live in Kenya as they worked alongside Associate Professor of Biology Ryan Sensenig on his fire ecology research. The four students were: Laura Schlabach ’10 from Goshen, who majored in communication and environmental science; David Stoesz ’12, a biology and environmental science major from Indianapolis, Ind.; Tori Yoder ’11 from Goshen, who majored in biology and environmental science; and Luke Zehr ’13, a biology and environmental science major from Tiskilwa, Ill. The students worked at the Mpala Research Center in Laikipia, Kenya, and helped re-survey burns that Sensenig completed in 2004-05 for his doctoral research. The Fire Ecology Research Team surveyed more than 13,000 trees and gained insights about local sustainable development. “I think the team returned with a better idea of the process of scientific research, but they also spoke highly of the opportunity to work with the local community and tackle questions of conservation and sustainable development,” said Sensenig. “Working in Laikipia, Kenya, affords us the opportunity to wrestle with how to do conservation of wildlife, while simultaneously working to address needs in the local human community.”

The students’ research involved tracking which habitat animals grazed in, as well as surveying whistling thorn trees at the old burn sites. As the group surveyed the trees, they assessed tree growth, the species of ants that resided in the trees and evidence of elephant browsing. Living at the Mpala Research Center allowed the students to interact with researchers from all over the world. “It was an exiting time of learning more about the international scientific community, and how effective collaborating with researchers of diverse backgrounds can be in strengthening a team’s approach to a project,” said Zehr. Besides their research, the students also spent time hiking and spotting animals from the Land Rover. Herds of elephants sometimes obstructed their path, gazelles leapt in the distance and lion cubs played not far away. “I now have a better appreciation for the role of curiosity in the research process,” said Yoder. “Becoming curious about one’s surroundings and asking a lot of questions is essential to both designing and implementing a research project. Whether I return to Kenya to continue investigating these questions someday or move on to other projects, I hope to maintain an avid curiosity about the ecosystems of which I am a part.” To learn more about the research, go to

– Alysha Landis ’11

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People taking showers in Goshen College’s Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center (RFC) now have the sun – and the Goshen College Physics Department – to thank for their warm water. Members of the Sun Shower Collective, consisting of GC students, faculty and staff, planned and built solar panels to heat the water in the RFC. What started out as hypothetical brainstorming among physics students in the fall of 2008 has become reality. The final work on the solar panels was completed in November, and the group hopes to have the solar panels fully heating the water by the springtime. The project uses eight tube-style solar hot water collectors, said Isaac Yoder-Schrock ’12, physics major from Donnellson, Iowa, who is heavily involved in the project. The collectors absorb energy from the sun and heat the water that runs through them. This heated water is then stored in a large, well-insulated underground water tank that the group bought on eBay. The insulated storage tank was installed in late September, southwest of the RFC. The water from the tank is transferred to the water entering the boiler in the RFC and preheats the cold water. Yoder-Schrock explained that this process causes the boiler to consume less natural gas. Students played a heavy role in most aspects of the project. “While the project has been a collaboration between students, faculty and staff, students have been integral in the research, engineering, proposal-writing and construction of the project,” said Yoder-Schrock. The students completed the research, wrote the proposal and worked alongside contractors to complete aspects of the construction. Professor of Physics John Buschert said money was an obstacle, but the project became a reality with the help of donors who were interested in supporting sustainability and a grant from the Ecological Stewardship Committee. Buschert said that although solar energy may not be the cheapest form of energy right now, this 8 | BULLETIN .

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Early work on the Sun Shower Collective.

project isn’t just about money. Even if natural gas or other forms of energy are cheap, he said, “we’re still paying a different kind of price for it as we’re putting more and more carbon into the air.” The project will reduce the campus’ carbon footprint by using sustainable, clean energy, helping the college move one step closer to the goal of becoming a carbon neutral campus – a goal President Jim Brenneman set in 2007. The project is only the latest venture to reduce the college’s energy usage. Other initiatives have included technical adjustments to systems, education of students and employees about what they can do to conserve, and more energy efficient construction and purchases of equipment, such as timers, sensors and motion detectors to turn the lights off when rooms and hallways aren’t in use or the outside light is sufficient. “It takes imagination and creativity to bring about a more sustainable environment and involves everyone doing their part,” said Glenn Gilbert, sustainability coordinator and utilities manager. “I am thankful that Goshen College has made this commitment and has chosen to be a leader in teaching and modeling ecological stewardship. The Sun Shower Collective is a perfect example.” – Alysha Landis ’11


NEW EMPLOYEES FOR 2011-2012 Goshen College opened the 2011-2012 academic year with many new faces – new employees, some of whom were hired and began their duties earlier in the year.

Dan Koop Liechty ’88

Director of Admission

Al Mackowiak

Director of Campus Safety and Security

Allison Bailey

Men’s and Women’s Golf Head Coach

Norm Bakhit

Director of Human Resources and Assistant Professor of Psychology

Stephanie Miller

Women’s Basketball Head Coach and Athletic Assistant

Scott Barge ’99

Director of Assessment and Institutional Research

Andrew Moeggenborg

Assistant Professor of Theater and Umble Center Technical Director

Sarah Bogen

Assistant for the Admission Office

Carolyn Davis

Associate Professor of Nursing

Janine Ostergren ’86

Administrative Assistant for the Academic Resource & Writing Center

Amy DeCelles

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jeremy Pope ’11

Admission Counselor

Fabio dos Santos

Women’s Soccer Head Coach

Karla Santiago ’10

Admission Counselor

David Fayne

Custodial Department for the Physical Plant

Laura Yoder

Associate Professor of Sustainability and Environmental Education

Liz Fisher

Administrative Assistant for the Career Services Office and Campus Ministries Office

The new adjunct professors this year are:

Hannah Gerig Meyer ’08

Graphic Designer for the Public Relations Office

Dawn Detweiler

Psychology Department

Daniel Godfrey

Skilled Trades Technician for the Physical Plant

Jordan Kauffman ’11

Art Department

Randy Gunden ’75

Executive Director of Adult and Online Programs

Booker Morris

Nursing Department (graduate program)

DaVonne Harris

Resident Director of Yoder Hall and Director of Student Activities

Cynthia Padgett

Education Department

Judith Sadler

Nursing Department

Kyle Hufford

Assistant Professor of Communication and General Manager for Goshen’s new video production initiative, FiveCore Media

Julie Schatz

Psychology Department

Teneesa Stuckey ’02

Nursing Department

Chris Kennel

Administrative Assistant for International Education

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College also has two interns this year: Annalisa Harder ’11 and Amy Hartzell.

GOSHEN SAYS FAREWELL TO FIVE FACULTY RETIREES Five faculty members retired at the end of the 2010-2011 school year and began the next chapters in their lives. Together, they served a total of 119.5 years at Goshen College.

Mervin Helmuth ’69— Taught as associate professor of nursing for 41 years. His teaching focus was pediatric and pharmacological nursing. He was a leader and participant in numerous activities benefiting both nursing students and the local community.

John Blosser ’70 — He returned to GC as an art professor in 1999 after teaching at Hesston (Kan.) College for 20 years. He spent the majority of his time at Goshen as the chair of the Art Department, during which he led search committees that hired four art faculty members and oversaw the opening of the Hershberger Art Gallery in the Music Center.

David Miller — Served both as associate professor of biology from 1988 to 2011 and as program director at the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center from 1988 to 2008. He served as chair of the biology department for the past four years.

Rafael Falcón — Taught all classes that Goshen College has ever offered in Spanish since he began teaching at GC in 1979. In addition to teaching, Falcón served as chair of the Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures Department at different times. He, and his wife, Christine Yoder Falcón ’71, served as leaders of the Costa Rica Study-Service Term for six terms during 1983-1984 and 1998-1999.

David Janzen — Served for 12-plus years as the director of human resources where he provided leadership and direction to the recruitment and development of employees. During his tenure, Janzen restructured the college’s annual appraisal processes for staff and faculty, and incorporated intercultural competencies into the process, providing training opportunities for employees in those competencies.

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graduates (six master of science degrees, five master of arts degrees, 180 bachelor of arts degrees and 18 bachelor of science degrees. The class included 21 graduates with double majors.) states represented among the graduates (and one U.S. territory) from Indiana countries outside the U.S. represented degrees in nursing. Other top majors: organizational leadership (18), art (18), English (15), accounting (13), communication (13), history (13), ASL (10), music (10)


students graduated with highest honors (GPAs of 3.9 to a perfect 4.0). 86 others achieved GPAs of 3.60 and above


took the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility Photos by JODI H. BEYELER and EMILY TRAPP ’13

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When I was growing up, an annual winter tradition for the Rohrer family was driving from eastern Ohio to Goshen to visit “the cousins” – those in the family enrolled at Goshen College. All my aunts and uncles stayed together at the old Holiday Inn. I chased my brothers inside College Mennonite Church and the Roman Gingerich Recreation-Fitness Center or did “donuts” in the Holiday Inn parking lot in Uncle John’s Buick. Visiting my cousins’ dorm rooms and small group houses filled me with excitement and jealousy. From an early age, these family trips imprinted on me that Goshen was family. Over three generations, 26 family members and spouses have attended Goshen College and 15 of the 17 grandchildren have graduated from GC. An aunt and an uncle met their spouses at GC, as did several cousins. Such deep loyalty to Goshen, though, arose from modest beginnings. My grandfather, Milton Rohrer, was a farm boy from rural Ohio and attended GC briefly from 1928 to 1929. He often said that he much preferred working in Professor John Umble’s nearby cornfield than sitting in class. That interest led to his operating a successful potato and dairy farm. Although Grandpa was not an eager student at that time, he recognized the value of education. My grandmother, Ella Amstutz Rohrer, dreamed of becoming a teacher but didn’t have the same opportunity my grandfather had. Coming from a family of 12, her family did not have enough money to send her to college during the Great Depression. Instead, following her high school graduation in 1931, she moved to Canton, Ohio, where, for $10 a week, she cooked and cleaned in the homes of Canton’s wealthy. To assist with family expenses, she kept only $1 a week and sent the rest home to her family.


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Ella Amstutz Rohrer, seated, with family members at the 2011 Commencement. The above photo shows 11 GC graduates, including Eric Hochstetler ’11

After both returned home to Wayne County, Milton and Ella started dating and then married in 1935. Recognizing the growing importance of education, Grandma recalls that before she and Milton even had children, they had conversations about the importance of their children getting a college education. By 1972, all five of their children graduated from college and three later received master’s degrees and two earned Ph.D.s. Milton and Ella then turned their attention to securing their grandchildren’s educational futures. In the early 1980s, they had two grandchildren at Goshen, when Dan Kauffman, director of college relations from 1971 to 1986, approached them about helping build the college’s endowment. Seizing the opportunity to contribute dollars to directly benefit their grandchildren at the college, Milton and Ella promised a “living endowment” by encouraging and financially supporting all of their grandchildren who chose to attend a Mennonite college. Citing studies that showed that Mennonites who attend Mennonite colleges were more likely to remain active in the church, they decided that supporting Goshen was the way to encourage the educational and spiritual development of their grandchildren. In May, my 99-year-old grandmother, Ella Amstutz Rohrer, traveled to Goshen to see her youngest grandchild, my youngest brother, Eric, graduate from Goshen College. Standing after Commencement with other Rohrer family members who came to celebrate with Eric, it became clear how much of my family’s story has been shaped by Milton and Ella’s faithfulness and love.

Jeff Hochstetler, the student apartments manager at Goshen College, is pursuing a master of divinity degree at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.



SOFTBALL 13-21 (overall), 5-11 (MCC) First-year Jenna Nofziger (Archbold, Ohio) was named to the All Conference Team.

BASEBALL 10-41 (overall), 4-20 (MCC)

CROSS COUNTRY Men finished second and women eighth at MCC Championships. Sophomore Oscar Joses Kirwa (Kapsabet, Kenya) and first-years Jordan Smeltzer (New Paris, Ind.) and Daniel Zelaya (Goshen) were all conference. Kirwa and Smeltzer became the first pair of Maple Leaf men to qualify for the NAIA National Championships in the same year since 1984.

VOLLEYBALL 17-15 (overall), 8-10 (MCC) Senior Kate Yoder (Mason, Mich.), sophomore Stacy Wyse (Archbold, Ohio) and first-year Missy Mackowiak (North Liberty, Ind.) were named All MCC.

MEN’S SOCCER 10-8 (overall), 5-4 (MCC) Senior Jan Dohnal (Hluk, Czech Republic) and junior Alejandro Davalos (Lima, Peru) were named All MCC.

WOMEN’S SOCCER 5-13 (overall), 1-8 (MCC)

MEN’S TENNIS 5-8 (overall), 2-6 (MCC) Junior Csaba Laszlo (Sopron, Hungary) and first-year Oleksandr Reipolskyi (Mariupol, Ukraine) were named All MCC.

OTHER NOTES The Goshen College Athletic Department received 26 Daktronics-NAIA All American Scholar-Athlete awards this fall and has 160 in the past three and a half years. Men’s soccer seniors Ryan Troyer (Fredericksburg, Ohio), Greg Thiessen (Austin, Texas) and Jan Dohnal (Hluk, Czech Republic) were the first Maple Leafs to earn Capital One CoSIDA Academic All American honors since Mark Schloneger in 1997.


The Maple Leafs had three qualifiers for the NAIA Indoor National Championships and eight for Outdoor Nationals. Sophomore Jacob GunderKline (Yellow Springs, Ohio) earned NAIA All American status in the outdoor 5k race walk, sophomore Erin Helmuth (Plainfield, Ind.) was All American in the indoor 3k race walk.

Linda Kaminskis is honored as a top athletic trainer.

A PASSION FOR HELPING ATHLETES Anyone who knows Goshen College Head Athletic Trainer Linda Kaminskis knows that being put in the spotlight is not something she relishes. So it should come as no surprise that her first reaction when asked how it felt being inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) Hall of Fame was a simple: “I think I’ve been blessed with supportive people in my life,” and then she returned to taping an ankle. In late October, however, Kaminskis finally got the recognition that she deserved after many years of dedication to her profession. She has worked such events as the Pan American Games in 1987 and the World Gymnastics Championships in 1991 as well as serving as the athletic trainer at Northridge High School, Middlebury, Ind., from 1986 to 2005 before she got her current position as head trainer at Goshen College. In her acceptance speech, Kaminskis said of her career, “I see it not as a profession, but much more of a passion.” Just the sixth female and one of only 42 overall inductees into the IATA Hall of Fame, Kaminskis looked at the wall of former inductees with a sense of honor and said, “They are the ones who have carried me to this point in my career.” A close colleague of Kaminskis, Jim Routhier – also head volleyball coach

at Goshen – introduced Kaminskis and offered many words of praise. “K (Linda) has always put the student athlete first. Athletic training to her is not a job, it’s her life.” The pair has worked together for as long as she has been in the athletic training business. Routhier was Kaminskis’ supervisor in her early years and has seen her through everything that her career has brought. Like Kaminskis, Routhier also is a member of the Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. Both have been named Athletic Trainer of the Year, Routhier in ’89 and Kaminskis in ’05. So Routhier was on hand at Kaminskis’ induction along with other colleagues and friends from both Goshen College and Northridge High School. Student trainer Maritza Chavez ’12 of Goshen has worked for Kaminskis since her sophomore year at Goshen College. She said Kaminskis is more than an athletic trainer. “She’s a friend, especially in tough times. She doesn’t give up on you easily,” Chavez said. Kaminskis said the award was “validation for all the hard work and time away from family.” And she said she is proud that her colleagues thought enough of her to nominate her for the award. – Lexi Kantz ’14 and Josh Gleason, Sports Information Director

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2011 ALUMNI AWARDS Six exceptional Goshen College alumni were honored for their longtime commitment to service during Homecoming Weekend 2011.

CULTURE FOR SERVICE AWARD 1. Arthur DeFehr ’65 of Winnipeg, Manitoba – DeFehr attended

Goshen College for a year after receiving a bachelor of commerce degree from Manitoba University, and after obtaining a master’s at Harvard Business School in 1967, where he graduated in the top 1 percent of his class. He used his knowledge to serve others around the world, in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Somalia and Lithuania. In 1984, he became CEO of one of North America’s leading furniture manufacturers, Palliser Furniture, Ltd.

2. Vance George ’55 of San Francisco, Calif. – George’s love for

music took him from a small town in Indiana to San Francisco, and along the way he’s conducted choirs around the world, including the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, which he led to win four Grammy Awards since he began his tenure with the chorus in 1983. George returns frequently to Goshen College as an adviser to the music faculty and as a guest conductor for the choirs. 14 | BULLETIN .

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3. Ahmed Haile ’79 of Milwaukee, Wis. – Haile came to Goshen

from Somalia to study economics and peace, and returned to his homeland years later as a teacher and a peacemaker. He led international development efforts on a local level in Somalia and was a professor at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, where he founded the Peace Studies Program. On April 26, the 58-year-old diplomat for peace passed away after struggling with cancer. He was celebrated posthumously during Homecoming Weekend and his wife, Martha, accepted the award in his honor.

DECADE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP AWARD 4. Kelli Holsopple ’99 of Brooklyn, N.Y. – Holsopple has used her passion for theater not for self-promotion, but to teach others to share their stories, making otherwise unlikely connections in the process. She is co-artistic director of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble in New York, where she works as a producer, actor and director of two educational outreach programs.

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DR. RUTH GUNDEN CHAMPION OF CHARACTER AWARD 5. Mary Sutter ’80 of Sedona, Ariz. – Sutter has used her knowledge of medicine to provide health care to underprivileged people. She has worked in various community health centers throughout the United States, working with patients with limited health resources and with many recent immigrants from countries around the world. She often works with undocumented patients at the Yavapai County Community Health Center in Cottonwood, Ariz.

DR. ROMAN GINGERICH CHAMPION OF CHARACTER AWARD 6. Marty Gaff ’71 of Kouts, Ind. – Gaff has devoted his life to inspiring young people through athletics. During his 28 years at Kouts High School, where he teaches U.S. history and current events, he has coached several sports, including boys’ basketball, which has won six sectional championships and two regional championships. Gaff holds the most career wins of any boys’ basketball coach in Porter County. In 2001, he was named the Gary PostTribune Coach of the Year. Winter 2011-2012



A 360-degree panorama of the center of campus.

CELEBRATING THE SEASON EARLY Photos by ALYSHA LANDIS ’11 Christmas 2011 didn’t come early at Goshen College — it just seemed that way. The first snowflakes of the season arrived the evening of Nov. 10. The snow melted by the following afternoon, but it was an early sign of what was to come. On Nov. 29, an overnight storm dumped substantial amounts of snow, which caught many off guard and sparked excitement and impromptu snowball fights. A white blanket lingered for several days on campus, which proved to be the perfect backdrop to a Festival of Carols, Dec. 2-4. The eighth annual celebration of Christmas again featured student ensembles, along with audience participation on traditional carols.


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remembered wi th love: PROFESSOR JIM MILLER Members of the Goshen College community reacted with shock, disbelief and sorrow when they learned about the homicide of Professor of Biology Jim Miller. Afterward, a candlelight vigil, two campus convocations, two visitations and two church services helped students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends cope with the tragic death and gave them a deeper appreciation for Professor Miller’s many contributions to Goshen College. The Goshen Police Department reported that Professor Miller, 58, was killed during a home invasion robbery at his home about 1 a.m. on Oct. 9. Linda Miller, Professor Miller’s wife, was wounded in the attack and was hospitalized for five days. She continues to recover. While police investigated the case, family, friends and members of the college community gathered six times over nine days following the homicide to praise God, pray for the Miller family and to remember Professor Miller’s 31 years of service to the college. At the largest gathering, two hours after his burial on Oct. 17, nearly 900 people crowded into Clinton Frame Mennonite Church in Goshen for a memorial service led by Terry Diener, the church’s lead pastor. Two of Professor Miller’s children played a duet on flute and piano while his brother and sister offered humorous childhood recollections. President James E. Brenneman offered condolences to Linda Miller, and children, Lisa Rose Martin and Leanne and Robert Miller. In a moving tribute, the president said that Professor Miller understood better than most the Scripture’s wisdom that “If


one part of the body suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part experiences joy, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:26). “We not only suffer with you in your loss, we extend to you our deepest heartfelt sympathies, our ceaseless prayers and abiding support. We, along with you, will lose parts of Jim in bits and pieces for a long, long time to come. The body is broken,” Brenneman said. “We also rejoice with you in the human, loving, thoughtful, fallible, quirky, gift that was Jim’s person. We are thankful that in major research facilities and makeshift medical hovels, at countless bedsides, in operating rooms and drop-in clinics all across the globe and right across the street, thousands are being tended to, cared for, blessed and will be so for years to come by those taught by Dr. Jim Miller,” Brenneman said. “Jim was passionately driven to keeping Goshen College among the top colleges and universities in the nation for getting pre-med students into medical school. He wanted our future nurses, our budding research scientists and physicians to be among the best in the world, as they are.” Brenneman described Professor Miller as a man of faith who was dedicated to science, fascinated by the human body and committed to helping his students. To better connect with students, Professor Miller told jokes and puns, faithfully attended campus athletic events, worked long hours and maintained an open-door policy. He also supported his faculty colleagues by reaching out to new faculty, time and time again, to make them feel at home.

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Students offer memories of Professor Miller.

President Brenneman at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church.

Brenneman ended his remarks with more words of consolation: “I pray that each one of us – touched as we were by the life of Professor Jim – will discover here on earth what he now knows in heaven; discover that wondrous new and living body that is now his forever and ever.” Less than 19 hours after Professor Miller died, President Brenneman and Campus Pastor Bob Yoder led an equally emotional candlelight vigil on campus, which was attended by nearly 500 people. The crowd gathered beside the south entrance of the Science Building and heard words of comfort and sorrow from Brenneman and Yoder. Many people prayed, cried and sang hymns. The next morning, President Brenneman led a convocation to remember and pray for Professor Miller. The convocation began with the lighting of an oil lamp while the president said: “We light this lamp in prayer, remembrance and recognition of the life and light of Christ and his servant Professor Jim Miller. In so doing, we

are reminded that light overcomes all darkness, love overcomes all hate, and life overcomes even death itself.” In between hymns and periods of silence, students, faculty and staff members offered brief comments about Professor Miller, which evoked tears as well as laughter. Throughout the week, sorrow, joy and gratitude were common emotions expressed as students and colleagues struggled to comprehend Professor Miller’s death amid extensive news media coverage. Meanwhile, administrators kept the campus community informed about the status of the homicide investigation and encouraged students and employees to keep safety foremost on their minds. The Goshen Police Department provided extra patrols around campus and adjacent neighborhoods. In the following days, prayers for the Miller family as well as for friends, students and colleagues were offered both on campus as well as during a prayer service at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church

A LIFE OF SCIENCE, SERVICE AND FAITH BY RICHARD R. AGUIRRE James Steven Miller was born Aug. 6, 1953, in Millersburg, Ohio, to Oscar Miller and Elizabeth (Bixel) Miller. He grew up in Berlin, Ohio, and graduated in 1971 from Hiland High School, where he was valedictorian. He graduated summa cum laude from Bluffton University in 1975 with a B.S. degree in chemistry. He was a C. Henry Smith Fellow, a member of the Academic Policies and Services Committee and secretary of the Investment Club. During summers, he did factory work at Berlin Wood Products. He completed his doctorate degree in physiological chemistry (now known as medical biochemistry) at Ohio State University in 1980. His research interests included lipids, prostaglandins, 18 | BULLETIN .

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platelets, tissue culture, atherosclerosis and nutrition. At Ohio State, his work experience included serving as a graduate research assistant, a computer programmer and a laboratory assistant. He came to Goshen College to teach in 1980. The Goshen College Board of Directors granted him tenure as associate professor of biology in June 1985. He primarily taught upper-level courses taken by students in health-related tracks. He taught pre-med students, counseled them about medical school applications and wrote many references for students resulting in admission to medical schools. He also was chair of the Pre-Med Committee and adviser to the Pre-Med Club and supervised Maple Scholar researchers in the summer and numerous lab assistants. As department chair, Professor Miller was chief spokesperson for the Biology Department on the committee for the renovation of the Science Building. He took the lead in selecting and purchasing new lab equipment for measuring metabolic rates of individuals and supervised other faculty in learning to use this equipment. His “Fetal Pig Dissection Guide, Including Sheep Heart, Brain and




Convocation for Professor Miller.

Linda Miller talks about her husband.

on Oct. 12 and during two periods of visitation at the church on Oct. 16. Professor Miller’s life was celebrated in displays of photos, documents, personal items and written reflections at the visitations and the memorial service. On Nov. 7, a second convocation – “Remembered with Love” – provided the campus community another opportunity to learn about Professor Miller’s contributions through the recollections of colleagues and students and a photo slideshow. A highlight of the convocation was a message from Linda Miller: “Things Jim would have said if he had known he was going to die.” Afterward, a reception was held in the Fellowship Hall.

Candlelight vigil.

at the scene. The Goshen Fraternal Order of Police offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the crime.


EDITOR’S NOTE: As this issue of the Bulletin went to press, the Goshen Police Department continued to investigate Professor Miller’s homicide. Police said they were still checking tips and evaluating evidence collected

“Last Sunday I lost my best friend and partner in parenting. Whenever I think of Jim, I see him in heaven, standing without pain and smiling; his pain is over. I am so glad he is in heaven with our Saviour. The kids and I will miss him terribly, but we know that God is with us and will see us through whatever tough times lie ahead. We will stand together with God trusting His promises. We want to continue to live our lives to reflect God’s love and mercy to everyone.” – Excerpt of statement to public, Oct. 12, 2011

Eye,” which was copyrighted in 1993-1994, is still used as a major resource in this area. Professor Miller was known as a serious and dedicated academician and researcher. Family members and colleagues say he loved computers and applied a rigorous scientific approach to much of what he did – from teaching and administering tests to researching ways to ease his chronic back pain and improving his sense of humor. After noting that some students gave him low marks for his sense of humor, he set about to change that. He collected jokes, eventually compiling an extensive database of jokes and puns, and practiced his delivery by telling jokes to family members. When he was off campus and an administrative assistant was assigned to administer a test in his absence, he would leave a joke to be delivered to students on his behalf. Eventually, student evaluations confirmed an increase in his humor scores. “Professor Miller was highly respected by students for his knowledge of the content he taught and for his understanding of

current developments in the biological sciences,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean Anita Stalter. “His classes were difficult but as one student noted, ‘Dr. Miller does a good job of relating course material to real-life situations and problems, which helps to keep students focused and interested.’ Jim cared deeply about student learning and often worked with students outside of class who needed additional instruction. He will be missed.” Professor Miller was an active participant at Clinton Frame Mennonite Church, and before that College Mennonite Church. He was an avid member of the Millersburg Radio Control Modelers (airplane) Club. He married Linda Suderman on July 7, 1991, in Fresno, Calif. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters: Lisa Rose (Jeff) Martin, and Leanne Miller, both of Goshen; a son, Robert Miller, Goshen; a grandson, Jared Martin; and his mother, Elizabeth (Marlin) Jeschke, Goshen; a sister, Kathy (Willard) Fenton-Miller, Marcellus, Mich.; and a brother, Tom (Crystal) Miller, Portland, Ore. Professor Miller was preceded in death by his father, Oscar Miller.

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Student. Hospital nurse. Service volunteer. Graduate student. Psychiatric nurse. Small-business owner. National snack-food retailer. And namesake for a national brand.

Angie (Miller) Bastian ’83 and her husband, Dan.


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Angie (Miller) Bastian ’83 has played all those roles in a varied life that has taken her from farm life to national notoriety. Bastian and her husband, Dan, a former teacher, have built their former garage business into Angie’s Kettle Corn, a multimillion company rooted in the values of family, treating people fairly and giving back to the community. They sell their snack food in 50 states through such retailers as Costco, Martin’s, Target and Whole Foods. It’s not a career path Angie Bastian imagined growing up in Elkhart County. Switching from a nursing to a business career also prompted her to reconsider her definition of service. “When you’re a nurse or a teacher you feel like there’s purpose and meaning in that career. When we started out in this endeavor to make kettle corn, we thought: ‘Where’s the meaning in that?’ But what Dan and I have come to realize, is that it’s a vehicle. The meaning is how we conduct ourselves in business and how we intersect in people’s lives.” Angie Bastian was born at Goshen General Hospital to David Ray and Rosie Miller. She grew up in Jefferson Township and attended Pleasant View Mennonite Church. After graduating from Northridge High School in 1978, Bastian wasn’t sure what she wanted to do, besides Mennonite Voluntary Service. So she took a year off and lived with her aunt and uncle in Colorado Springs, Colo. “They were both Goshen College graduates and my aunt was a nurse and she said, ‘You should go into nursing. You should go to Goshen College.’ I said, ‘OK. I’ll go check out Goshen.’ I liked the campus. It was the right fit for me and I loved my time at Goshen,” she said during a campus visit in September. Bastian said her Study-Service Term “absolutely changed” the way she looked at everything. “I grew up very sheltered on a small farm and I had never been out of the country. I had never been to a Catholic church before.


“Our business won an award as a Top-100 work place in Minnesota this past year and as a top family business and as an emerging company this year, too. Our employees like their work. I think it’s partially because we don’t ask employees to do anything we wouldn’t do. It’s a partnership with democracy in the workplace. And I see that as the way that Goshen translated Culture for Service.” The Bastians donate their time and resources to many community fundraising events and programs, including March of Dimes, Kids Against Hunger, Salvation Army, and the YMCA. Still, Angie Bastian said that she takes greatest pride in the company’s impact on the community.


On SST, I was with families. I loved it, but I was scared at the same time,” Miller said. “When you get to know other people that are different than yourself, it changes opinions. There is no longer ‘the other.’ You become one in that way; you’re with them and they’re with you. I understood myself as a global citizen instead of just an American.” She received her nursing degree from Goshen College in 1983. After working for a few years at Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital, she did a year of Mennonite Voluntary Service. She then earned a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing and gerontology from Emory University. She met her husband, a graduate of St. John’s University in Minnesota, while working at a hospital that served an Indian reservation in New Mexico. They were kindred spirits who shared values consistent with Goshen’s commitment to service, social justice and accepting other cultures. After getting married, the Bastians lived for a while in New Mexico and then Florida before settling in Dan’s hometown of Mankato, Minn., to raise their children and pursue their careers – Dan as a teacher and coach and Angie as a psychiatric nurse. They began Angie’s Kettle Corn in 2001 as a side business in their garage when their two children, Aunikah and Tripp, were just 5 and 3. They wanted to build a college fund for their children and to show them the value of hard work. They purchased kettle corn equipment they found on the Internet and financed it with zero percent credit cards. They sold their product at fairs and festivals. Their big break came when they decided to give Minnesota Vikings players and coaches free bags of kettle corn to enjoy after a long day at training camp in Mankato. Team members liked the kettle corn so much, the Bastians were offered the chance to pay a sponsorship fee to become an official snack product for the team. It was a big investment, but the exposure they received from the sponsorship helped them to expand the business and eventually move indoors and begin manufacturing for retail sales. The Bastian now work only for the company; Dan focuses on operations and sales and Angie coordinates marketing and public relations. They have 150 full-time employees and can produce 80,000 bags a day of kettle corn in three varieties – Classic, Lite and Caramel. Their products are still made in real kettles with natural ingredients and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – allergen free, certified gluten free and certified Kosher. Although they have appeared on the “Martha Stewart Show” and been featured in such national publications as Family Circle, Good Housekeeping and Redbook, Angie Bastian said their values have remained the same. “We both care deeply about social justice issues and the way we run our company has to do with service.

Dan and Angie Bastian with Martha Stewart in January 2011.

“We work with the drug court with people who need a job, who are on probation and need a last chance and aren’t doing well. We work with their probation officers and we’ve had some people turn their lives around. They’re going to college. They’ve been promoted. They’re clean. They’re sober. The way they see their life is different and that all came from the community supporting them and our piece of that was a culture where they could work and feel that they were understood and supported and we paid them,” Angie said. “You can serve in many different ways. In nontraditional service careers, you can still serve.”

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The first Multicultural Alumni Lunch, sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Office and the Alumni Relations Office, was held during Homecoming Weekend. The goal was to gather Goshen College alumni from culturally diverse backgrounds Kelli Burkholder King ’77 and discuss what we can do to Director of Alumni Relations increase campus diversity. President Jim Brenneman talked about GC’s strategic plan, which calls for the campus to become more diverse and to more closely reflect our surrounding community. Thirty-three percent of students in public schools are from minority groups, and up to 40 languages are represented in Goshen. Among GC’s current students, 7 percent are international students and 24 percent are minorities – more diversity than 30 years ago, but still not enough. A vision statement approved last year by the Board of Directors is intended to reinforce that aim and align the institution to making the goal a reality. The statement proclaims: “Goshen College will be recognized as an influential leader in liberal arts education focusing on international, intercultural, interdisciplinary, and integrative teaching and learning that offers every student a life-orienting story embedded in Christ centered core values: global citizenship, compassionate peacemaking, servant leadership and passionate learning.” We have taken some steps toward the goal. A cultural audit, in 2009, led by Dr. Odelet Nance, director of the Multicultural Affairs Office, showed we are ahead of benchmark institutions in many areas, including cultural awareness and a commitment to diversity. Since then, many recommendations from the audit have been implemented. The trend is headed in the right direction, President Brenneman said, but he won’t be satisfied until our faculty is more diverse, until we are designated a “Hispanic Serving Institution” (25 percent Latino), and until we more closely approach the diversity of our public schools and the diversity of our world-wide Mennonite Church. To reach our goal, we will need help from loyal alumni. We will continue to gather with minority alumni to gather input, but we want more. Ask questions and tell us how we can build a base of involved and active diverse alumni to support our students and our increasingly diverse campus community. Tell us what you think by emailing us at

ALUMNI BOARD DEDICATED TO SERVICE The following are your representatives on the Alumni Executive Board for 2011-2012. Front row: Peter Eash-Scott ’99, Lancaster, Pa.; Cindy FriesenMason ’87, Hesston, Kan.; Morgan Kraybill ’09, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ellen Hoover Stoesz ’78, Indianapolis, Ind.; Barbara Derstine Weirich ’78, Harrisonburg, Va.; and Kay Reist ’84, South Bend, Ind. Back row: John E. Kaufmann ’66, Okemos, Mich.; Tim Blaum ’10, Goshen; Laurie Fulle-Rychener ’83, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Steve Brenneman ’82, President, River Forest, Ill.; Shannon Musselman Unzicker ’91, Benson, Ill.; Keith Gerber ’69, Sarasota, Fla.; Ruth Brenneman ’87, Wellman, Iowa; Kay Hershberger ’88, New York City, N.Y.; and John Gingerich ’67, Hubbard, Ore. Not pictured: Gwen Reid Edwards ’83, Morris Plains, N.J.; Jacob Geyer ’11; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Sally Hunsberger ’86, Washington, D.C.

CHOIR TOUR SCHEDULED FOR SPRING BREAK During Spring Break, the Goshen Men’s Chorus will visit churches in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa, Feb. 25-March 1, 2012. Led by Assistant Professor of Music Scott Hochstetler, the chorus will present a worship service titled, “Light in the Darkness.” Go to for the full schedule.

DATE SET FOR 2012 HOMECOMING Homecoming 2012 is scheduled for Oct. 5-7, so please put the date on your calendar. We look forward to seeing you back on campus!

CONNECT WITH US AT ALUMNI EVENTS We encourage alumni to build strong ties with each other and to the college by engaging in our programs, services and activities. Visit for opportunities to connect through events in your area, which are updated as events are planned.

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Elda Long Bachman ’36, wife of Harold R. Bachman, 1725 Juniper Place, Apt. 205, Goshen, IN 46526, died Nov. 12, 2011.

Joseph and Helen Witmer Burkholder ’49, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, have lived in Tabor Apartments for three years.

Edward S. Belan ’39, Tulsa, Okla, died July 21, 2011.

Lee Kanagy ’49 and Adella Brunk Kanagy ’44, Belleville, Pa., have three books available for purchase: A Pilgrim’s Journey, Remembering My Amish Roots and A Pilgrim’s Journey, Following God’s Call to Journey by Lee and Letters Across the Pacific by Adella. They can be contacted at

Kathryn Wyse Grieser ’39, Archbold, Ohio, died Aug. 28, 2011. Abram P. Hallman ’31, Hilton Head Island, N.C., died Aug. 11, 2011. Dorothy H. Hoogenboom ’35, Goshen, died May 13, 2011. Esther Landes Hooley ’33, Elkhart, Ind., died April 20, 2011. Doris Yoder Nicholson ’38, Hancock, Mass., formerly of Goshen and Middlebury, Ind., died July 3, 2011. Robert L. Reist ’38, husband of Ruth Sieber Reist ’40, 3270 Kenwood Road, Salina, OK 74365, died July 2, 2011. Ezra W. Shenk ’38, husband of Sara Marie Shenk, 300 13th St., Wellman, IA 52356, died April 23, 2011. Ethel Yordy Troyer ’39, Eureka, Ill., died Aug. 3, 2011.



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Ivan Kauffmann ’49 and Lola Kauffmann, Goshen, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in May 2011. C. Norman Kraus ’46, Harrisonburg, Va., wrote The Jesus Factor in Justice and Peacemaking (Cascadia, July 2011). John Nunemaker ’45 and Doris Nunemaker, Goshen, now retired, have lived on the same farm since 1941. Milford Paul ’43 and Winifred Erb Paul ’46, Scottdale, Pa., have been married 63 years. Kenneth R. Walker ’49, Russellville, Ark., recently published his 750th newspaper column. He writes for the Courier (Russellville, Ark.) and Chronicle (Atkins, Ark.) DEATHS Anna Mae Moyer Baker ’43, Elkhart, Ind., died Nov. 6, 2011. John G. Balyo ’46, husband of Betty Balyo, 5515 Springwood Ave. S.E., Salem, OR 97306, died April 18, 2009.

L. Eugene Basinger, husband of Lola Schertz Basinger ’41, 410 W. Elm St., Bluffton, OH 45817, died July 1, 2011. Darlene Birkey Byler ’44, Raleigh, N.C., died Aug. 25, 2011. Joyce Grassmyer Conrad ’49, San Mateo, Calif., died Dec. 23, 2010, and her husband Clarence A. Conrad ’50 died April 28, 2011. Arthur E. Eigsti ’41, Sarasota, Fla., died March 4, 2011. James L. Gurley ’46, husband of Elizabeth Gurley, 724 Fairway Ridge Court, Sun City Center, FL 33573, died June 1, 2010. Shirley Mishler Haarer, wife of Paul W. Haarer ’49, P.O. Box 498, Shipshewana, IN 46565, died Sept. 25, 2011. Irvin B. Horst ’49, Harrisonburg, Va., died April 23, 2011. Laurence M. Horst ’45, Goshen, died Sept. 7, 2011. Alice Yeater Lamont ’44, Wantage Oxon, England, died Sept. 10, 2011. J. Virgil Miller ’48, husband of Susan Krahn Miller, 6540 W. Butler Drive, Unit 81, Glendale, AZ 85302, died July 6, 2011. Warren M. Miller ’43, Keizer, Ore., died Aug. 25, 2011. Ivan D. Moon ’44, Guilford, N.Y., died March 7, 2011. Richard L. Rieth ’43, Three Oaks, Mich., died April 20, 2011. Eugene P. Schulz ’49, Walsenburg, Colo., died Sept. 2, 2011.

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Robert Springer ’44, husband of Eileen Springer, 403 Prairie Ridge St., Eureka, IL 61530, died Sept. 18, 2011. Daniel H. Stoltzfus ’49, Goshen, died Sept. 14, 2011. Marjorie Conrad Weldy ’40, wife of Dwight E. Weldy ’40, 1618 Magnolia Court, Goshen, IN 46526, died Aug. 21, 2011. She and Dwight had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 8. J. Glen Widmer ’42, husband of Helen Yoder Widmer, P.O. Box 98, Wayland, IA 52654, died Aug. 10, 2011. Edith King Yoder ’40, Goshen, died July 28, 2011. Gail H. Yoder ’45, husband of Ruth Liechty Yoder ’44, 310 E. Newell St., West Liberty, OH 43357, died April 10, 2011. Alfred G. Zook ’41, husband of Mary Zook, 2912 N. Keystone St., Burbank, CA 91504, died May 31, 2011.


Lois Ruth Kennel ’56, Rochester, Minn., assisted her husband Arthur J. Kennel with his autobiography, Life, Love, Llamas and Laughs, which was published in May 2011.

Elizabeth Stieglitz Scruggs ’53, Lake Mary, Fla., and her husband John went on a Holland America cruise during April-May 2011 and visited seven Central and South American countries.

Roland G. Landes ’54, Harrisonburg, Va., was installed in Eastern Mennonite University’s Athletic Hall of Honor. He was recognized for promoting the athletic program and taking teams to four national championships.

Fred Speckeen ’53, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, his wife Joan, a granddaughter and her friend spent more than two weeks in Managua, Nicaragua, in May 2011 volunteering at a YMCA and a school. They conducted workshops on leadership, first aid, nutrition, sports skills and recreation. Fred was recently elected to the board of Church Serve, a group of congregations which provide emergency home care services to families and individuals.

Lloyd D. Miller ’54, South Bend, Ind., retired after 36 years of teaching elementary school, enjoys baking bread and various types of needlework. More than 40 pieces of needlework are framed and hanging in homes of family and friends. He taught in London for a year and many of those friends have visited him and his wife Mary Jo Bontrager Miller ’54 in South Bend. Mary Jo retired 15 years ago after teaching elementary school for 39 years. As secretary for the Indiana State Teachers Association-Retired chapter, she was elected as one of five representatives from Indiana to the National Education Association Convention. Angel Miranda ’58 and Lora Esch Miranda ’59, Elkhart, Ind., traveled to Puerto Rico in August 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Academia Menonita of San Juan.

NOTES Violet Keens Barr ’56, Shippensburg, Pa., works with migrants harvesting apples in South Central Pennsylvania as part of Middle Spring Presbyterian Church’s ministry, . James E. Christner ’59, Canton, Ga., received the 2011 Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists at the AIC headquarters in Philadelphia on April 8, 2011, and was appointed a Fellow of the AIC. Owen Gingerich ’51 and Miriam Sensenig Gingerich ’51, Cambridge, Mass., spent a week in Lebanon in June 2011, where the American University of Beiruit gave Owen an honorary doctorate. Elizabeth Glick Grandfield ’51, Portage, Ind., enjoys her 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. John M. Hertzler ’58, Goshen, was named the 2010 Goshen Historian of the Year at the Goshen Historical Society’s annual award and business meeting on May 5, 2011.


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Marilyn Liechty Moffett ’57 and Mark Moffett, North Kingstown, R.I., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by driving nearly 3,000 miles to visit each of their siblings. They returned home to a surprise card shower arranged by their four children. They are grandparents of nine. Alice Metzler Roth ’57, Elkhart, Ind., completed editing Things we have known: Through the 20th century with AJ and Alta Metzler (AuthorHouse, 2010), a complilation of her parents’ life stories as they recorded or wrote them. Alice and her husband Willard spent January 2011 in Ghana, on the campus of Good News Theological College and Seminary; they were part of the beginning of GNTCS 40 years ago, a partnership of Mennonite Board of Missions and African Independent Churches. Corine Short Samuelson ’58 and her husband Phil Samuelson, Redford, Mich., spend winters in San Benito, Texas. She “loves the wonderful music in the valley” and directs two choirs, the San Benito Methodist Church Choir and the Rio Grande Valley Gospel Men’s Choir.

Samuel L. Yoder ’52 (faculty ’61-85) and Lillian Zook Yoder ’50, Goshen, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June 2011. DEATHS John E. Beachy ’54, husband of Miriam Weaver Beachy ’55, 1734 Wildwood Court, Goshen, IN 46526, died April 18, 2011. Ross T. Bender ’55, Goshen, died April 21, 2011. Ivan E. Bowman, husband of Irma Ebersole Bowman ’50, 13 Circle Drive, Akron, PA 17501, died May 29, 2011. Willis “Bill” Breckbill ’54, husband of Ina Ruth Krabill Breckbill ’52, 1521 Kentfield Way, Apt. 7, Goshen, IN 46526, died Aug. 17, 2011. Harold E. Cullar ’52, husband of Louise Thomas Cullar ’52, 2320 Lynn Road, North Lima, OH 44452, died Nov. 22, 2011. Charles R. Frederick ’51, husband of Sara Graber Frederick ’52, 178 Commons Drive, Eugene, OR 97401, died Oct. 10, 2011. Gertrude “Trudy” Frey ’58, Goshen, died July 25, 2011. Joseph D. Freyenberger ’53, Wayland, Iowa, died Oct. 18, 2011. Norma Neuhauser Gresham ’56, wife of Byron Gresham, 18 Fountain Lake Court, Bloomington, IL 61704, died Jan. 28, 2010.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following piece about Stephen Shank ’74 was written by his friend, Mary Smucker ’75. To walk through the streets and flea markets of Brussels with Stephen Shank is to see with new eyes. Possibility is everywhere in the piles of cloth and jumbled treasures spread across the paving stones. Indian gold-threaded and embroidered blankets, Portuguese cotton bedspreads, hand-dyed and painted by Stephen, become a patchwork of materials used to create rich liturgical robes for a representative of the Pope. A small crucifix is enlarged – copied and sculpted by a friend, Alexander Obolensky, one of two remaining highly-skilled stage painters in the world. The crucifix is placed on



a cross, which Stephen traces on the floor of the artist’s studio. This becomes the centerpiece for the second act of Stephen’s adaptation of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Stephen has worked in theatre in Brussels, Belgium, for the past 30 years. In June, he directed the world theatre premiere of The Name of the Rose, and his creative genius was apparent in every detail of the production. Not only did Shank direct the play, but also he adapted the script based on Eco’s novel, and he conceived the costumes and the set. The play was performed for 30 nights at Villers-la-Ville, where a major work is produced each summer. The setting in the ruins of this 13th century Cistercian monastery was ideal for Le Nom de la Rose. The play was acted in three different locations within the monastery. The audience of 1,000 gathered at dusk for the first scene, looking in on the monastery. As darkness settled, the audience followed the players to a chapel, and then to the final scene in which the monastery erupted in flames, a feat of convincing pyrotechnics. The play marked the 25th anniversary of the productions at Villers, and the opening night was attended by Queen Paola of Belgium. This is the eighth production at Villers in which Shank has worked, either as an actor or a director. More recently, in September, Shank both directed and played in Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The production celebrated the 150th anniversary of Hugo’s signing of the play in Waterloo, Belgium. It took place on the battlefield of that city. As a student at Goshen College, Shank studied theatre and acted in productions under the guidance of Dr. Roy Umble. Later, Shank taught and directed theatre at the college for four years. He also taught communication for four years and fine arts for two years. Images of Shank’s work can be viewed at

ABE HALLMAN ’31, GOSHEN’S OLDEST ALUMNUS, DIES AT 105 Abram “Abe” P. Hallman ’31, Goshen College’s oldest alumnus, died at the age of 105 at the Broad Creek Care Center in Hilton Head, S.C., on Aug. 11, 2011. Born in Kitchener, Ontario, he was the son of Eli and Melinda Clemens Hallman and grew up on a wheat farm near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Goshen College he attended consisted of six buildings and about 200 people and was struggling to survive the Great Depression. In 2009, Hallman recalled that most students were unsure how they were going to pay their bills, and struggled to find jobs. Most attended on “credit.” Hallman was a student leader, active in student government and involved in athletics and other activities, and said students supported one another. Students saw each other at the daily chapel service in Assembly Hall, where men sat on one side and women on

the other. Dating meant a walk to the dam or attending a college function. Hallman graduated with a business and finance degree and wanted to be a stockbroker, but settled for a job delivering butter, eggs and produce in eastern Pennsylvania. In 1934, he began a long career with the Miller Hess Shoe Co. in Akron, Pa. In 1936, he married Esther M. Yoder ’32, who he met at Goshen College. Hallman was a member of the founding board of Mennonite Mutual Aid and of Menno Travel Service. Following the death of his wife, in 1972, he married Lois P. Yoder ’41 from West Liberty, Ohio. After retirement, the couple moved to Goshen and enjoyed traveling, hiking, golfing and rug hooking. Lois died in 1994. Hallman moved to Hilton Head in 2005 to be close to his daughter, Joanne Hallman Dahl ’64. Besides his daughter, his daughter-in-law, Ada Mast Hallman ’63, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren survive him. A memorial service was held at College Mennonite Church on Sept. 4. – Judy Weaver ’81 and Alysha Landis ’11

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Luther Grove, husband of Leona Parmer Grove ’50, 503 Cherry Circle, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, died July 23, 2011.

Robert W. Nyce ’50, husband of Ruth Yoder Nyce ’49, 806 E. Murbach St., Archbold, OH 43502, died Sept. 28, 2011.

Anna Henwood Clay ’66, Warsaw, Ind., has been tutoring four mornings a week at North Webster Elementary School for the past 15 years.

Barbara Yordy Harland ’59, wife of Phillip Harland, 424 Mason St., Chenoa, IL 61726, died July 12, 2011.

Laurel Risser, husband of Esther Kreiss Risser ’50, 1726 Justin Court, Indianapolis, IN 46219, died Sept. 5, 2011.

Bob Cross ’69, Goshen, a guidance counselor at Goshen Middle School for 21 years, retired from Goshen Community Schools in June 2011.

Hazel Nice Hassan ’52, Goshen, died July 24, 2011.

David L. Schenk ’58, Port Hueneme, Calif., died Oct. 28, 2011.

Kay Freyenberger Frunzi ’68, Parker, Colo., works for Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning. She travels within the United States, Canada and Saipan working with school leadership teams to achieve school improvements. She had been a school principal for 22 years.

R. Clair Hershberger ’52, husband of Janice Hershberger, 2220 Lancaster Thornville Road N.E., Lancaster, OH 43130, died April 29, 2010. Norman E. Hostetler ’50, Carol Stream, Ill., died Feb. 25, 2010.

Leland D. Schroeder ’54, husband of Edna Schroeder, 30099 Canyon View Drive, Lebanon, OR 97355, died June 1, 2010.

Alice Miller Humphrey ’56, wife of Meriadath Humphrey, 59550 Glenmore Ave., Elkhart, IN 46517, died Aug. 11, 2011.

Kenneth W. Steider ’51, Hesston, Kan., died Sept. 15, 2011.

Frieda Siemens Kaethler ’50, Filadelfia, Paraguay, died March 28, 2011.

Margaret Vail Stump ’52, New Paris, Ind., died July 14, 2011.

Robert Gerber ’61 and Julia Yoder Gerber ’63, Sugarcreek, Ohio, are both retired and active members of First Mennonite Church. Julia contributes as Sunday school teacher, works in the kitchen and nursery and is a member of the executive board. Bob is an elder, church council chair and sound system operator. He also builds birdhouses for bluebirds, bats and purple martins.


John W. Harley ’68, Goshen, retired from his surgical practice June 30, 2011, after 29 years.

Norman D. Kauffman ’57, husband of Margaret Stutzman Kauffman ’50, 528 3rd Ave. E., Kalispell, MT 59901, died June 6, 2011.

Lenora Dietzel Sempira ’57, Atlanta, Ga., died June 1, 2011.

NOTES James F. Klemm ’51, Princeton, Texas, died May 22, 2011. Paul S. Liechty ’50, Berne, Ind., died Feb. 22, 2011. Leroy K. Mann ’50, Goshen, formerly of Grantham, Pa., died April 17, 2011. Helen Hostetler Miller ’51, wife of Vern Miller ’50, 2043 Sycamore Drive, Bedford, OH 44146, died Oct. 20, 2011. Seth S. Miller, husband of Patricia Belt Miller ’59, 60329 County Road 127, Goshen, IN 46528, died Aug. 27, 2011. James E. Millen, Jr. ’57, husband of Joyce Burkhart Millen ’57, 2243 Creek Hill Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, died July 2, 2011. Sophia Brenneman Moore ’54, Goshen, died Oct. 15, 2011. Eldon D. Nafziger ’53, husband of LaVerne Vogt Nafziger ’54, 1728 Wildwood Court, Goshen, IN 46526, died Oct. 6, 2011.


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Janice Kauffman Andrews ’68, South Bend, Ind., retired in June 2010 from 28 years of teaching family and consumer science in the middle schools of South Bend Community School Corporation. Roger Beachy ’66, a scientist for extramural research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, left his post in May 2011, after serving less than two years. A pioneer in the genetic engineering of plants at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), he was recruited to increase the profile and success of agricultural research. He returned to WUSTL as a professor in the biology department. Martha Dosher Beck ’67, Carbondale, Ill., has retired but continues to work part time as a dialysis tech. She also volunteers as an on-call hospital chaplain, works at the local no-kill animal shelter, delivers meals-on-wheels and cooks for fundraisers for her church. Dolores Stickan Brown ’67, Fort Wayne, Ind., retired from nursing, is an active member of St. Michael Lutheran Church. She has three children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Lotus Hershberger ’61, Normal, Ill., was interim director at Menno Haven Camp and Retreat Center, Tiskilwa, Ill., February-April 2011, while the director was on sabbatical. DeVon L. Hoffman ’68, Goshen, retired from Goshen High School after teaching mathematics for 41 years. Jep Hostetler ’62 and Joyce Metzler Hostetler ’62 moved from Columbus, Ohio, to Goshen, where they are enjoying time with family and many GC alumni friends. Sandra Gunden Kennedy ’67, Tampa, Fla., retired from 22 years as a technology coordinator; the last 10 were spent at Berkeley Preparatory School, Tampa. Patricia Forrester Kratzer ’63 and Kenneth Kratzer, Mattawan, Mich., traveled to Alaska and checked off one more item on their “bucket list.” Kermit Lind ’64, Cleveland, Ohio, is retiring after 16 years of practice as clinical professor of law and assistant director of the Urban Development Law Clinic at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. He plans to continue

Wes Richard ’62 and Sue Schlatter Richard ’62 recently retired to Goshen after 26 years as co-pastors at Elm Street Church of the Brethren in Lima, Ohio. Wes is also a professor emeritus after teaching communication for 20 years at Bluffton University. Wes and Sue served as overseas mission associates in Japan under Mennonite Board of Missions from 1963 to 1982.

Joyce G. Longacre ’61 retired four years ago and moved from Florida to Fairview, Mich., to be nearer family. She’s once again enjoying the beauty of the seasons – she has been “winter deprived.”

Rhoda Nafziger Schrag ’63, Goshen, retired from both her teaching jobs in June 2011 – homebound high school teacher in Elkhart Community Schools and instructor for GED preparation in Goshen Community Schools. She plans to continue as a volunteer tutor for GED students.

bicycle with 30 pounds of gear from his home in Goshen to Boardman, Ohio, to attend his 50th high school reunion.


in private practice as a consulting legal counsel to public and public interest agencies on community development matters. His current scholarship and practice focuses on the impact of the mortgage crisis in urban communities and the responses by local government and nonprofit organizations to abandonment by absentee corporations and investors.

Mary Chupp Yoder ’64, LaJunta, Colo., works as a certified wound and ostomy nurse at the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center in LaJunta. DEATHS

Allan Mast ’61, Hesston, Kan., sings in Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus. The choir gave concerts in Kansas in April. In June, Allan and his wife, Jeannene Reschly Mast ’62, traveled with KMMC to Illinois and Indiana for additional concerts. Willi Meyers ’63, Columbia, Mo., is the director of international agriculture programs at the University of Missouri. He received a 2011 alumni of the year award from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, Lansdale, Pa., and was visiting professor at the University of Bologna, Italy, in October and November 2011. Daniel J. Miller ’61 and Mary Miller, Walnut Creek, Ohio, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2011.

Lorraine Murphy ’64, Sarasota, Fla., on staff as minister of music and adults at St. John’s United Methodist Church, continues to perform as a concert lyric soprano and is anticipating two singing tours to Spain, Scotland and Ireland in the summer of 2012. Myrl D. Nofziger ’64, Goshen, received the “Service Above Self” award from the Elkhart Rotary Club in May 2011. In February he went to India and helped immunize children against polio in a worldwide campaign to eradicate the disease. Ron Rempel ’68, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, began as news editor for Mennonite World Conference on Nov. 1, 2011. In July he retired after eight years as executive director of Mennonite Publishing Network. Previously, he served for 24 years as editor and publisher of Canadian Mennonite and its predecessor, Mennonite Reporter.

Jon E. Smucker ’64, Goshen, retired from his general and vascular surgical practice June 30, 2011, after 35 years. Robert W. Summers ’62, Iowa City, Iowa, retired from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine after 41 years of medical practice, teaching and research in the field of gastroenterology. Donald E. Voth ’63, Albuquerque, N.M., was a faculty resource person on a student and faculty study tour to Vietnam with a group from Hendrix College, Conway, Ark. The objective of the tour was to study contemporary Vietnamese literature; they met with Vietnamese writers, artists, musicians and professors of lieterature. Galen Wenger ’68, Little Rock, Ark., was named the first recipient of the University of Arkansas Medical School Distinguished Faculty Service Award in recognition of his career with the department of pharmacology and the college of medicine. His service on committees adds up to 100 years, many of which he was committee chair. In fall 2011, Galen and his wife, Carolyn Leichty Wenger ’68, enjoyed a trip to Italy where Galen sang with the River City Men’s Chorus. They performed at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of Gesie and an evening mass at the Vatican. John C. Yoder ’64, Spokane, Wash., retired from Whitworth University where he has taught since 1980. In January 2012, he and his wife, Janet S. Yoder ’65, will launch Whitworth’s semester program in Tanzania. John D. Yoder ’65, Goshen, completed a four-day 330-mile cycling adventure this summer riding his

J. Carl Andrews, husband of Janice Kauffman Andrews ’68, 1127 Blyler Place, South Bend, IN 46616, died April 14, 2011. Annabelle Swick Anglin ’60, Leesburg, Ind., died Sept. 2, 2011. Verne L. Ebersole ’66, husband of Marjorie Ebersole, 56819 County Road 35, Middlebury, IN 46540, died Nov. 5, 2011. Molly Gingerich, wife of James L. Gingerich ’66, 317 Solano Drive, Albuquerque, NM 87108, died May 24, 2011. Deloris Graber Good ’61, wife of Leland Good ’61, 607 Douglas Drive, Wauseon, OH 43567, died Oct. 26, 2010. Larry Mann Hesed ’67, husband of Laurie Wilson Hesed, 3228 Southwood Court, Newton, KS 67114, died Nov. 4, 2011. Patricia Cosby Holcomb ’62, Elkhart, Ind., died Sept. 6, 2011. Paul Holsopple, husband of Pauline Aeschliman Holsopple ’64, 11026 Old Oak Trail, Fort Wayne, IN 46845, died May 20, 2011. Bertha Good Huber ’62, Reedley, Calif., died Oct. 23, 2011. Rev. Canon Dennis Josiah, husband of Sybil Thomas Josiah ’62, 336 Calle Las Cruces, Betania, Panama, died Sept. 28, 2011. Jack D. Knoblock, husband of Linda Miller Knoblock ’69, 53905 Pin Oak Circle, Elkhart, IN 46514, died Aug. 13, 2011. Ella Metzler Kopczynski ’65, wife of Robert Kopczynski, 3605 Calico Rock Court, Bakersfield, CA 93313, died Sept. 24, 2011.

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Virgil R. Martin, husband of Laura Ann Hetler Martin ’63, 1008 S. 8th St., Goshen, IN 46526, died Aug. 30, 2011. Gwen Brenneman Rich ’67, wife of Phil Rich ’69, 1201 Lindau St., Archbold, OH 43502, died Oct. 24, 2011. George Schiedel, husband of Mary Hunsberger Schiedel ’61, 720 New Hampshire St., Apt. 603, Waterloo, ON, Canada N2K 0A3, died Aug. 16, 2011. Kathryn Hunsberger Seitz ’67, wife of Kenneth Seitz Jr., 1592 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, died June 5, 2011. John Spotts, husband of Sallie Rissler Spotts ’66, 29 Toll Gate Station, Lancaster, PA 17601, died Jan. 11, 2011. Ingeborg Seiler Sweet ’64, Ashland, Ore., died May 18, 2011. Ronald R. Wyse ’63, Midland, Mich., died Nov. 4, 2010. David D. Yoder ’64, husband of Adeline K. Amstutz Yoder ’64, 9706 Woodsong Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46229, died April 9, 2011.

1970-74 NOTES Ana Soto Bishop ’71, New York, N.Y., specializes in the integration of technology into the K-12 bilingual and ESL curriculum for Multilingual Ed Tech. Mary Ann Halteman Conrad ’72, Flagstaff, Ariz., teaches special education English at Chinle Junior High. Sheri Greaser Hartzler ’73 is director of electronic media with MennoMedia launched in Harrisonburg, Va., July 1, 2011. MennoMedia represents the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media. Brenda Janzen ’71 and Paul Griffiths, Logan, Utah, were married Feb. 20, 2011. Brenda has an M.A. in counseling psychology and has worked as a licensed professional counselor for 15 years, primarily in Albuquerque, N.M.


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Paul D. Leichty ’74, Goshen, began part-time employment Sept. 1, 2011, as the first executive director of Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship. This new organization of Anabaptist health professionals is an interdisciplinary community, seeking to nurture the integration of faith and practice, to provide opportunities for dialogue on health related isses and to address needs through education, advocacy and service. He continues working part time with helping congregations and churchrelated organizations use digital technology in ministry and mission. Paul is also involved in the start-up of the Congregational Accessibility Network, an interfaith disabilities advocacy effort that originated as Anabaptist Disabilities Network, an organization he helped found in 2003. Arden Shank ’74, Miami Shores, Fla., is president and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida, which received a HUD grant of $90 million in 2010 through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to buy and rehab foreclosed housing in parts of Miami-Dade County. As the lead agency in a consortium of seven members, NHSSF is responsible for the entire grant to complete 1,255 housing units. Brian Smucker ’73, Sonoma, Calif., is on the board and executive committee of the Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, serves as moderator of First Congregational Church of Sonoma and is board chair of Fair Trade Federation, the professional association of fair trade businesses in North America. He is also a long-time volunter with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and three times received the top service award. He and his wife Candi Horton Smucker own and operate Baksheesh, a fair trade buisness with stores in Sonoma and St. Helena, Calif.

Schools as well as being named Elkhart’s Teacher of the Year. Marcia A. Yoder-Schrock ’70 began as pastor at Zion Mennonite Church, Donnellson, Iowa, on July 1, 2011. Sara Alice Zimmerly ’73, Homestead, Fla., retired after 32 years of teaching, of which 23 years were with Miami Dade County Public Schools. DEATHS Dorothy Breunlin Ainlay ’74, Madison, Miss., died Oct. 24, 2011. Kathleen Rohrer Basbagill ’71, wife of Frederick T. Basbagill, 7599 Torrey Pines Court, Pickerington, OH 43147, died Feb. 26, 2011. Clarence T. Bender, Jr., husband of Carol Aller Bender ’71, 2285 N. River Road W., Albion, IN 46701, died Aug. 16, 2011. John Ray Kennel ’70, husband of Susan Mann Kennel, P.O. Box 623, Lutz, FL 33548-0623, died Dec. 29, 2010. Dennis O. Roth ’70, husband of Virginia Roth, 1701 Dinuba Ave. SPC 43, Selma, CA 93662, died on March 29, 2011.

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Janice King Stair ’73, Goshen, retired from teaching elementary school after 30 years. She taught the last 24 years at Jefferson Elementary in Middlebury Community Schools.

Philip A. Beachy ’79, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Stanford (Calif.) University School of Medicine, has been awarded the Keio Medical Science Prize from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. He is receiving the prize in recognition of his identification of Hedgehog, a key molecule in development, and its medical applications. Hedgehog genes produce protein signals in specific cells that establish the patterns of embroyonic tissues.

Rick Stiffney ’73, Goshen, and Edgar Stoesz authored Setting the Agenda: Meditations for the Organization’s Soul (Herald Press, 2011).

Sharon Schrock Beechy ’77, Goshen, retired in June 2011 after teaching 26 years, the last 23 in Goshen Community Schools.

Sara Cutchins Wood ’70, South Bend, Ind., completed 41 years as business technology education teacher for Elkhart (Ind.) Community

Michael Bender ’79 and Alice Gunden Bender ’79, Washington, D.C., joined Hyattsville Mennonite Church in October 2010, and enjoy

Terri Plank Brenneman ’77, Goshen, is the author of Wonderfully Made: Women, Faith and Self-Care (Faith and Life Resources, 2011). This book was commissioned by Mennonite Women USA and Mennonite Women Canada. Jeff Gundy ’75 has been appointed Lehman Faculty Scholar for 2011-12 at Bluffton (Ohio) University. Hope Branscombe Graham ’75, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, was a nursing supervisor with students from Azusa Pacific University during their short-term missions experience in Haiti in 2010 and 2011. James R. Hall ’75, Beaver Falls, N.Y., retired July 1, 2011, after 33 years as a math teacher and soccer and volleyball coach at Beaver River Central School. Bob Hooley-Gingrich ’77 and Joyce HooleyGingrich ’77 have moved to Accra, Ghana, where Bob serves as the director of management and operations for the Peace Corps program in Ghana, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of two founding countries. Joyce is volunteering her medical services at a number of local hospitals. John R. King ’76, Goshen, earned the Chartered Financial Consultant professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pa. John manages individual and organizational accounts with Everence Financial, formerly Mennonite Mutual Aid. Rita Kennel Lopienski ’78, Bartlett, Ill., a board certified activity consultant and music therapist, is director of community life for Plymouth Place Senior Living in LaGrange Park, Ill. She has 30 years experience leading activity programming and is on the advisory board of the International Council on Active Living and a nationally known conference speaker.

Mary Clemens Meyer ’76 is staff editor with MennoMedia launched in Harrisonburg, Va., July 1, 2011. MennoMedia represents the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media. She works out of her home in Fresno, Ohio. Randall C. Miller ’75 works as half-time development director for MennoMedia launched in Harrisonburg, Va., July 1, 2011. MennoMedia represents the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media. He works out of his home in Goshen. Albert Roggio ’76, Mansfield, Ohio, was honored when a classroom in the new early childhood/ elementary building at Mansfield Christian School, where he served for many years, was named after him.

Edgar D. Nafziger ’75, husband of Desiree Nafziger, 791 Suntree Drive, Westerville, OH 43081, died June 6, 2011. Hermann Nuyken, husband of Patricia Roth Nuyken ’76, 602 Revere Drive, Goshen, IN 46526, died Sept. 4, 2011. Charlene A. Widrick ’76, Annville, Pa., died Oct. 21, 2010.

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Anena Howard Rolofson ’77, Kendallville, Ind., plans to retire June 30, 2012, as county director of the Northeast Indiana special education co-op. Brian H. Roth ’78 and Malka Shulamit Natanel, Tsfat, Israel, were married July 1, 2011. Ruth Horst Stoltzfus ’79, Goshen, associate professor of nursing at GC, received the Emily Homquist Award from the Indiana University School of Nursing Alumni Association. The award is given annually to a doctoral student who plans a career in nursing education and academic practice field and/or nursing research. Doug Schwartzentruber ’78, medical director of the Indiana University Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care for eight years, took his patientcentered approach to Indianapolis, as he was named system medical director of IU Health Cancer Services, as well as the associate director of clinical operations at the IU Simon Cancer Center. His research into a vaccine to prevent cancer was published in the June 2, 2011, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Brian Zehr ’78, Fort Wayne, Ind., was appointed director of critical care services for Parkview Health Systems in September 2010. DEATHS

Donna Schlabach Mast ’77, Scottdale, Pa., began a three-year term as conference minister for Allegheny Mennonite Conference in September 2011. She had served as interim conference minister for two years.

Ahmed A. Haile ’79, husband of Martha Wilson Haile, 2233 W. Arbor Ave., Glendale, WI 53209, died April 26, 2011.


being part of an active and growing church community.

Luanne K. Fast ’77, Indianapolis, Ind., died May 10, 2011.

David Bartel ’82, Brookline, Mass., was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of biology in the department of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David A. Berkey ’83, Elgin, Ill., is a senior talent management consultant for TCF Inventory Finance. Ruth M. Claassen ’80 and Mike Stephens, Beatrice, Neb., were married Sept. 5, 2010. Dan Coyne ’83, Evanston, Ill., a social worker in the Chicago Public Schools, was named Hero of the Year by the Chicago Metropolitan Red Cross after the organization learned of his decision to give one of his kidneys to his favorite grocery store clerk. Ray Gyori-Helmuth ’84 and Sonja Gyori-Helmuth ’85 moved from Elkhart to Plainfield, Ind., where Ray is principal at Van Buren Elementary School and Sonja is triage nurse at People’s Clinic in Indianapolis. Susan King ’82, Ephrata, Pa., works as a clinical nurse at Hospice of Lancaster County. She writes that “the communication and writing skills I developed at GC have served me well.” Merrill R. Miller ’83 is senior graphic designer with MennoMedia launched in Harrisonburg, Va., July 1, 2011. MennoMedia represents the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media.

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Cheryl Kehler Myers ’83, Kendallville, Ind., recently took on a position in the NICU at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. She had worked at Elkhart General Hospital since graduation from GC.

and set up a business, Wacky Giraffe, a play on his last name.

Karen Weldy ’83, Indianapolis, Ind., is staff chaplain at Riley Hospital for Children. She works on the burn unit, in the cancer center and in the emergency department.

Denise Eby Konan ’88, Honolulu, Hawaii, currently a professor and chair of the department of economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, has been named the dean of the College of Social Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, beginning Jan. 1, 2012.

Carol Moser Wenger ’84, New Holland, Pa., continues to maintain a friendship with Jan Holland Croft from England, whom she met while serving at the Mopan Clinic in Benque Viejo del Carmen while on SST in Belize in the fall of 1981. At that time, Croft was working in child health with the Sue Ryder Foundation mobile clinic.

Berdine Mininger Leinbach ’87, Souderton, Pa., teaches eighth grade language arts at Indian Valley Middle School, Harleysville. She continues painting watercolors and her work can be seen at Her husband Steve Leinbach ’89 has a graphic and web design business – visit

Marcella Eberly Zook ’81, an evening house supervisor and nurse educator at Schowalter Villa, is an adjunct clinical instructor in the nursing program at Hesston (Kan.) College.

Carey D. Miller ’86, Harrisonburg, Va., and Joani Schweitzer, Ames, Iowa, were married Oct. 1, 2011.


Jeff A. Deak ’94 and Amanda Deak, Osceola, Ind., celebrated the birth of Lydia Mae on July 21, 2011. She joins Grace, 10, Emma, 8, Audrey, 6, and Rachel, 3. Brian Duerr ’93, Hamilton, N.J., in his 12th year at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, recently accepted a new position as clinical informatics specialist. He is pursuing a master’s of science in nursing with a specialization in nursing informatics at Walden University. Clinton J. Foor ’94 and Lynn Foor, Swanson, Ohio, celebrated the birth of twin boys, Michael Clinton and Andrew James on Oct. 6, 2010. They join Kaitlyn, 3. Clinton graduated from the University of Toledo with a M.B.A. in May 2010. Greg A. Hostetler ’94 and Jennifer Elliott Hostetler, Newark, Del., celebrated the birth of Kaitlyn Marie on Nov. 29, 2010. She joins Emily, 3.

DEATHS Lisa (Ellie) J. Flaming ’86, Leavenworth, Wash., died June 25, 2011. Death came from internal injuries sustained in a fall while painting.

Michael Jantzi ’92, Louisville, Ky., an RN on the oncology/ICU unit at the University of Louisville Hospital, is working toward a master’s degree in nursing education.

NOTES Beth Bontrager ’85 and her husband Phil Waite and their two sons moved from Moundridge, Kan., to Goshen this summer. Phil is pastoral team leader at College Mennonite Church. Bruce Campbell-Janz ’88, Lancaster, Pa., beginning Jan. 1, 2012, will lead Mennonite Central Committee East Coast, working from its main office in Philadelphia. MCC East Coast staff connect with more than 1,100 constituent churches, plus individuals, from Maine to Florida and including Puerto Rico, providing service opportunities, leadership development and peace and justice witness. Campbell-Janz had served as director of MCC’s Africa department the past five years. Craig L. Detweiler ’87, Goshen, and Tonya Hunsberger Gaby ’97, Goshen, were married April 2, 2011. Fred Gingerich Longenecker ’87, South Bend, Ind., had an iPhone app, Ego Strokes, released on iTunes in September 2011. Go to apps/egostrokes. He is also working on other apps


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Kathleen M. Mann, wife of Brent L. Mann ’86, 19000 Tyler Drive, Goshen, IN 46528, died May 6, 2011.

1990-94 NOTES Kerry Beck ’91 was named director of clinical and residential services at Adriel, a residential treatment facility in West Liberty, Ohio. Adriel provides foster care and adoption services in West Central and Northwest Ohio. David L. Brunsma ’92, Blacksburg, Va., who specializes in critical race theory, identity and human rights, was appointed professor in the department of sociology at Virginia Tech. He had been professor of sociology and black studies at the University of Missouri for seven years. Cynthia L. Friesen Coyle ’90, Middlebury, Ind., began working as a graphic designer for Mennonite Mission Network in October 2010.

Joanne L. Kaufman ’93 and Steve Brigham, Del Norte, Colo., celebrated the birth of Brianna Rose Kaufman Brigham on Feb. 17, 2011. She joins Kaitlyn, 4 Ryan P. Lehman ’91 and Amy Alfon Lehman, Los Angeles, Calif., celebrated the birth of Ezra Vincent Alfon Lehman on Nov. 27, 2010. David E. Little ’90, New York, N.Y., graduated from Middlebury (Vt.) College in August 2011 with a master’s degree in Spanish. He teaches Spanish in a parochial school in Queens. Delmar M. Miller ’94 and Suzanne McKenzie Miller, Arlington, Kan., celebrated the birth of Christian Patrick on Jan. 12, 2011. He joins Kathleen, 10, Elizabeth, 8, Charles, 6, and Lucy Rose, 3. Delmar works as a nephrology registered nurse and also manages the outpatient dialysis unit of Srenius in Hutchinson, Kan. They also raise registered LaMancha dairy goats. Doug J. Miller ’90 and Laura “Lali” Hess ’94, live in Crawfordsville, Ind. Doug is a respiratory therapist at Indiana University Hospital, Indianapolis, and Lali owns a catering service, The Juniper Spoon, in Crawfordsville.






Goshen College’s new Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism published its first book in July, an English-language translation of John Driver’s “Life Together in the Spirit: A Radical Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century.” The project, which was sponsored by Greencroft Communities, helped make the book available for free in Spanish and English to every pastor in Mennonite Church USA. The Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism was created last spring to help North American Christians become better informed about the rapidly-growing Anabaptist movement around the world. Today there are some 1.7 million Anabaptist-Mennonites in the world, representing 227 groups in 83 countries. The institute has a number of projects aimed at deepening understandings of the global Anabaptist community, and one of them is a small book publishing initiative. GC Professor of History John D. Roth ’81, who also serves as director of the institute, said publishing efforts will focus on translations of theological and historical works emerging from AnabaptistMennonite contexts in the global south. Driver, who lives at Greencroft in Goshen, spent more than 50 years living in Spanishspeaking settings and working as a missionary, theologian, teacher and pastor. “No other individual,” said Roth, “is a more widely recognized or respected voice for AnabaptistMennonite thought in Central or South America.” Many new Christians in Spanish-speaking countries are part of the Pentecostal tradition, which places a strong emphasis on the active presence of the Holy Spirit. Driver’s book provides an Anabaptist perspective on the Holy Spirit that Roth believes will be read with appreciation by Mennonite pastors in North America. – Alysha Landis ’11

THEIR LOVE FOR THEIR ALMA MATER RUNS SKIN DEEP For Daryl Groff ’83 and his daughter, Sara ’09, wearing a Goshen College T-shirt, scarf or hat isn’t enough to show how much they love their alma mater. Their love for Goshen runs skin deep – literally. Daryl and Sara both have GC tattoos. This wasn’t a rash decision. Daryl, who lives in East Earl, Pa., said he considered it for a while. “I thought about it for probably 20 years, and one cold winter afternoon, I thought, ‘The time is now,’ so I decided to go for it.” That was in the winter of ’08. Daryl said he always had a sense of how important his years at GC were in forming his beliefs and making lasting relationships. “I’m proud to be a GC grad and it wasn’t until age 40 that I realized it,” he said. Every year he still meets with college friends, who are dispersed across the country, decades later. So he took a Development Office letter he got in the mail from GC, with the purple “Culture for Service” lamp and book seal, to a tattoo shop in downtown New Holland, Pa. He got the purple GC seal tattooed on his lower left calf, and described the process as “one and a half hours of feeling like someone was giving me a pinch.” Since getting inked, Daryl has received a lot of attention from people who notice his tattoo. He uses it as a conversation-starter to tell people about Goshen and what it means to him. Sara, who works in Washington, D.C., as a nurse, said her tattoo was inspired by the new GC “peace by peace” logo. Last summer, while home with her sisters, Hannah ’10 and Bekah, a sophomore, they all decided to all get tattoos. Sara said she wanted the tattoo to represent her core beliefs, including peace, so she settled on an olive branch design she found in another GC mailing. Even though it’s a small tattoo on her wrist, she’s been surprised by how many people ask her about it. And when they do, she talks to them about peace, pacifism and Goshen College. “I learned a lot about myself during my time at GC, and it was during this time that I developed even further my peace beliefs,” she said. – Alysha Landis ’11

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Keith R. Miller ’91, Madison, Wis., has published the second edition of his second novel, The Book on Fire (Immanion Press, 2011.) The book has a new cover and includes a long bonus story, “City of Bones,” which is about a sojourner in a post-apocalyptic Alexandria. The book is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble as well as select bookstores. Michael L. Nolt ’94 and Felicia Waggoner, Goshen, were married Sept. 17, 2011. Mike teaches chemistry at Goshen High School. Rachel Miller Nolt ’90, Goshen, graduated May 21, 2011, with a master of divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Joanna Oyer ’91, Normal, Ill., works as a renal social worker at the Champaign-Urbana Dialysis Center in Urbana. J. Douglas Reed ’90, Stoughton, Wis., was playwright of “The Lamentable Tragedie of Scott Walker,” a theatrical production which played to sold-out houses and enthusiastic acclaim in Madison in September 2011. Carola Horsch Breckbill ’85, Stoughton, Wis., designed and produced the costumes for the show. Jason T. Rychener ’94 and Michelle Rychener, Archbold, Ohio, celebrated the birth of Gradyn Henry on March 4, 2011. Lori A. Shreiner ’92, Goshen, accepted the new assistant principalship of Goshen Middle School beginning fall 2011. She previously was assistant principal at Goshen High School. Andrea Bontrager Unzicker ’91, Thorntown, Ind., works as chief legal and compliance officer for Indiana Public Retirement System. Kristine Drolet Weaver ’91, Elkhart, Ind., a family nurse practitioner, opened The People’s Clinic in October 2010. She is one of only four percent of nurse practitioners nationwide to own and operate their own clinic. Visit her website:


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1995-99 CORRECTIONS The correct birthday for Alice Elizabeth, daughter of Joy Yoder Manna ’97 and Andrew Manna, Zionsville, Ind., is Sept. 17, 2010. The correct birthdate for Charles John Moreland, son of Rachel Miller Moreland ’97 and Thomas Moreland is Feb. 6, 2011. NOTES Scott C. Barge ’99 and Nessa R. Stoltzfus were married on May 20, 2011. They live in Goshen, where Scott is working as director of assessment and institutional research at Goshen College. He earned his doctorate of education in higher education from Harvard University in May 2011. Anne H. Berry ’99, Goshen, began in September as visiting assistant professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design at the University of Notre Dame. She is teaching graphic design courses, beginning with Graphic Design II/ Typography in the fall semester. Malinda Berry ’96 and John Stoltzfus, Richmond, Ind., were married Dec. 24, 2010. Ben A. Beyeler ’99 and Jodi Hochstedler Beyeler ’00, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Arthur Lester Hochstedler Beyeler on Oct. 12, 2011. Angela Birky Bohnert ’99, Denver, Colo., left private practice as a municipal finance attorney and took a position with the University of Denver Sturm College of Law as a career consultant in August 2011. She counsels current law students and alumni and does law firm outreach.

July 1, 2011. MennoMedia represents the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media. Amy is working out of her home in Hudson, Ohio. Manu Gour ’98, Haryana, India, started a corporate training and development firm, I Train Consultants Pvt. Ltd., in 2007. They help organizations with management and leadership through 35 specialized workshops. What he learned at GC has been built into the content that is delivered in corporate classrooms across India. Jennifer Graber ’95, Wooster, Ohio, is the author of The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America (University of North Carolina Press, 2011). Eric C. Harley ’97 and Becca Toppin Harley ’00, Lagrangeville, N.Y., celebrated the adoption of Alemnesh Grace on June 13, 2011. She was born in Ethiopia on Oct. 13, 2010. She joins Noah, 8, Jadon, 6, and Hannah, 3. Kelly J. Hartzler ’97, Mishawaka, Ind., an attorney at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s South Bend office, has been elected a partner effective Jan. 1, 2012. She is a member of the firm’s litigation department where she has focused her practice in transactional and environmental litigation. Keith D. Herris ’99 and Melissa Herris, McKenzie, Tenn., celebrated the birth of Nevaeh Grace on July 5, 2011. She joins Noelle, 5, and Natalie, 2. Lenora Hirschler ’97, her husband Tobias Magatti and their three sons recently moved to Goshen. Lenora continues to work for Parkview Health at a family practice clinic in Ligonier.

Lilly Santeliz Bontrager ’99 is a family physician. She and her husband Jeremy Bontrager and children Rhoda Marie, 3, and Nathaniel Isaiah, 1, live in Kendallville, Ind.

Tonya S. Histand ’95 and Anthony Yoder, Philadelphia, Pa., celebrated the birth of Iva Histand Yoder on Feb. 27, 2011.

Kira S. Cunningham ’96 and Benjamin Powell, Leadville, Colo., were married Sept. 5, 2010. Kira is teaching first grade in Spanish at a dual language school in Dillon, Colo.

Joel D. Holsopple ’99 and Sarah Holsopple, Millersburg, Ind., celebrated the birth of Kate Elizabeth Freed Holsopple on April 13, 2011. She joins Luke, 5, and Matthew, 3.

Amy Gingerich ’99 is director of print media with MennoMedia launched in Harrisonburg, Va.,

Crystal Bontrager Kauffman ’96, Goshen, began as school nurse this fall at Heritage Intermediate

Britt Kaufmann ’96, Burnsville, N.C., wrote “An Uncivil Union: The Battle of Burnsville,” a fulllength romantic comedy that was staged in June 2011. A stay-at-home mother of three, her poetry chapbook, Belonging, was selected as a semifinalist in the New Women’s Voices series contest. Her husband, Chad Smoker ’96, is a family physician. Cheri L. Krause ’98, Kensington, Calif., sees private clients for mediation and nonviolent communication self-integration sessions as part of Inviting Presence.

Jason C. Yoder Rupp ’99 and Tonya R. Yoder Rupp ’00, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Logan Andrew on April 28, 2011. He joins Caitlin, 3. Jason teaches math at Elkhart Central High School and Tonya is a stay-at-home mom.

Tina Miller Yeater ’96 and Brad Yeater, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Cole Harrison on Aug. 14, 2011. He joins Zoe, 3, and Kane, 1.

Colin L. Rusel ’96, Elkhart, Ind., was appointed as the new outreach and development director at MDC Goldenrod, where he will coordinate publicity and fundraising. He formerly served as program director for Camp Friedenswald, Cassopolis, Mich.

Jason D. Greenwood ’96, Williamsport, Ind., died April 14, 2011.

Dana Graber Ladek ’97 and Stephen Ladek, Monument, Colo., celebrated the birth of Auden Graber Ladek on May 17, 2011. He joins Kylan, 3. They moved in October to San Jose, Costa Rica, where Dana continues to work in international development with the International Organization for Migration.

Rick B. Sieber ’98 and Janneken L. Smucker ’98, Philadelphia, Pa., celebrated the birth of Calla Wiley Sieber on Sept. 22, 2010. Janneken earned her Ph.D. in the history of American civilization at the University of Delaware in December 2010. Her dissertation is titled “From Rags to Riches: Amish Quilts and the Crafting of Value.” She now works as content specialist for Night Kitchen Interactive, an interactive and web design company specializing in projects for museums and cultural institutions. Rick is a librarian at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Mark A. Landes ’99 and DeeDee Martin Landes ’05, Lakewood, Colo., celebrated the birth of Taylor Joy Landes on Nov. 6, 2010. She joins Kason, 2.

Takesha Walker Stoll ’98 and Jonathan Stoll, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Daijon Zechariah on June 11, 2011. He joins Jeffery, 12, and Zane, 11.

Jason E. Lehman ’99 and Patty Gross Lehman ’00, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Abigail Ann on April 28, 2011.

Philip C. Swartzendruber ’98 and Marie Swartzendruber, Seattle, Wash., celebrated the birth of Sophie Marie on Oct. 17, 2011. She joins Evans, 3.

Mark and Melanie Newcomer Miller ’97 and their three children completed a two-year term in Honduras with World Gospel Mission. They returned in June 2011 for another four years. During their first term, they partnered with a Honduran ministry called AFE (Amor, Fe Y Esperanza) working with the 1,000 plus people living off of the garbage dump of the capital city of Tegucigalpa. They returned to the coastal city of Choluteca to continue working in dump ministry. David S. Moyer ’96 and Starla Haas Moyer ’98, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, celebrated the birth of Elivia Fae on April 19, 2011. She joins Arlen, 3. David works as a bookkeeper for the Pomeroy Group, and Starla is a stay-at-home mom with their two children. Roger L. Prough ’98 and Jennifer Vardaman Prough ’99, Avon Lake, Ohio, celebrated the birth of Mallory Jordan on May 6, 2011. She joins Kellen, 5, and Jacelle, 3.

Aaron Stuckey ’98 and Rachel Amstutz Stuckey ’00, Fairport, N.Y., celebrated the birth of Asher Earl on April 7, 2010. He joins Simon, 4. Tonya Dewart Temple ’98 and Daniel Temple, Milford, Ind., celebrated the birth of twin sons, William Lewis and Andrew James, on Aug. 25, 2011. They join Aidan, 3. Rachel J. Lapp Whitt ’95 and Thomas J. Whitt, South Haven, Mich., celebrated the birth of Ramona Marcella on April 30, 2011. David J. Wieand ’97, San Francisco, Calif., is manager of System Support Services at Roche/ Genetech in South San Francisco. He received his master of science degree in environmental management from the University of San Francisco in 2003.


School in the Middlebury Community Schools. Trent Kauffman ’96 works in sales for RVP Suburban.


Jason E. Swartzndruber ’97, husband of Jodi Swartzendruber, 708 Prairie Lane, Tremont, IL 61568, died Aug. 7, 2011, after a battle with melanoma cancer.

2000-04 NOTES Joel Beachy ’03 and Christine A. Maust Beachy ’03, Meridian, Miss., celebrated the birth of Lucas Floyd on July 22, 2011. He joins Isaac, 3. Joel is vice president of operations for Educational Leadership Solutions, Inc., and Christine also works part time for ELS, Inc., editing test items for the test bank. Josh D. Byler ’01, Harrisonburg, Va., is assistant editorial manager with MennoMedia launched in Harrisonburg July 1, 2011. MennoMedia represents the merger of Mennonite Publishing Network and Third Way Media. Daniel Shank Cruz ’02 received a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University and teaches English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. Krista Nussbaum Daniels ’00, Goshen, a naturalist with Elkhart County Parks, was awarded the Joe Wright Recognition of Excellence award during the Environmental Education Association of Indiana conference Sept. 16-18. The award recognizes specific achievements in the field of environmental education. Daragh J. Deegan ’03 and Sarah Deegan, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Cillian Rory on Oct. 12, 2011. He joins Ciaran, 2. Peter Fairfield ’02 and Bethany Fairfield, Harrisonburg, Va., celebrated the birth of James Benson Burns Fairfield on Feb. 14, 2011. He joins Elisabeth, 3.

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Joseph C. Foust ’01 and Leigh Foust, Columbus, Ohio, celebrated the birth of George Delphos on Oct. 5, 2011. Rachel Friesen ’04, Portland, Ore., is marketing manager for PECI. Carrie Friesen-Meyers ’01 and Eliot FriesenMeyers ’02, Chicago, Ill., celebrated the birth of Greta Catherine on July 18, 2011. Takehisa Fukumoto ’03, Osaka, Japan, works for Nomi-shrine as a Shinto priest. Sonia Graber ’00 relocated from Tucson, Ariz., to Denver, Colo., where she is working in family practice at Salud Family Health Center in Commerce City. She is also doing some affiliate faculty work in the undergraduate/graduate nursing program at Regis University. Anne E. Horst Hanby ’00 and Rod Hanby, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Clara Elizabeth on Sept. 10, 2011. Jackie R. Hathaway ’01 and Nicholas DeLucia, Gaithersburg, Md., were married June 25, 2011. Krysta Hawkley ’02 and her husband Luke Horner moved to Mexico City where they hope to spend at least a year learning about a new culture and a new language. Krysta hopes to teach piano and/ or music. Kirsten L. Kelley Hoover ’00 and Eric Hoover, Portland, Maine, celebrated the birth of Isaac Scott Kelley Hoover on Dec. 18, 2011. He joins Simon, 6, Samuel, 3, and Joshua, 2. Nana Akua Ishola ’00, Queensland, Australia, works as an oracle database administrator with the Queensland government. Justina Jones Kramer ’00 and Jason Kramer ’04, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Saige Lillian on Nov. 7, 2011. Mary-Catherine F. Krieger-Miller ’00 and Verlin Miller, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Sophia Francis on April 14, 2011. Mandi Hutchison Lloyd ’02 and Robert Lloyd, Middlebury, Ind., celebrated the birth of Emily Jo on May 27, 2011. She joins Abigail, 8, Ricky, 6, and Brock, 4.


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Raluca Barzu Loher ’04 and Chris Loher, Knoxville, Tenn., celebrated the birth of Eliza Morgan on June 18, 2011. Raluca continues to work as a marketing manager for Industrial Process Systems where she leads marketing efforts for a group of six industrial companies.

Stephanie E. Rogers ’01 received a M.D. degree from Tulane (La.) Medical School and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She began an internal medicine residency in June 2011 at the University of California, San Francisco.

Angela J. Martin ’01 and Brent Brockmueller, Hesston, Kan., were married Oct. 16, 2010. Angela is a physical science lab assistant and part-time student in the nursing program at Hesston (Kan.) College.

Rahul Sahni ’01, Waltham, Mass., a systems analyst, works as a software adviser at IBM.

Merlin W. Miller ’03 and Heidi Miller, White Pigeon, Mich., celebrated the birth of Silas Jones Miller on June 5, 2011. He joins Laura, 3 and Marcus, 2. Rachel Swartzendruber Miller ’02 and Tyson Miller, Hesston, Kan., celebrated the birth of Oliver Swartzendruber Miller on Dec. 2, 2010. Rachel began Aug. 1, 2011, as vice president of admissions and financial aid at Hesston College. She was formerly director of convention planning for Mennonite Church USA. Rachel is also a Ph.D. candidate in leadership with an emphasis in higher education administration through Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Mich. Greg L. Myers ’04 and Laura Regier Myers ’03, Newton, Kan., celebrated the birth of Aaron Joseph on March 22, 2011. He joins Benjamin, 3. Steve E. Nafziger ’02 and Laura Kauffman Nafziger ’02, Archbold, Ohio, celebrated the birth of Briella on March 5, 2011. She joins Julisa, 4, and Adelynn, 2. Rustin W. Nyce ’02 and Kimberly Lichty-Nyce ’02, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Gavin James on July 10, 2011. He joins Roman, 3. Becky J. Overholt ’01, Goshen, is a dietitian at IU Health Goshen Center for Cancer Care. Matthew Pflederer ’01, Goshen, graduated May 21, 2011, with a master of divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Andrew D. Plank ’01 and Tammy Parker Plank ’03, Halstead, Kan., celebrated the birth of Jeriah Andrew on July 26, 2011.

Mandy D. Schmidt ’03 completed her residency in family medicine at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Ind., and joined Goshen Family Physicians. Ramont Harder Schrock ’00 and Elisabeth Harder Schrock, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, celebrated the birth of Anna Harder Schrock on Oct. 22, 2011. She joins Jonathan, 1. Timothy I. Shenk ’03, New York, N.Y., earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in May 2011. He is working for Church World Service as a communications officer. Joel D. Short ’04 and Stacie Long Short ’03, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Kennedy Marie on June 13, 2011. Stephanie Short ’03 and Sid Swartzendruber, Noblesville, Ind., were married March 26, 2011. Charlotte Gingerich Shristi ’00 and Micah Shristi, Kathmandu, Nepal, celebrated the birth of Reed Haven on March 10, 2011. Charlotte works part-time as a peace-building adviser for Mennonite Central Committee partner organization, United Mission to Nepal. Micah is the MCC Nepal administrator Shawn D. Slaubaugh ’04 and Cara Slaubaugh, Parnell, Iowa, celebrated the birth of Evan Keith on April 23, 2011. He joins Owen, 2. Shawn is engaged in farming. J. Benjamin Smucker ’00 and Rachel Mast Smucker ’01, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Lydia Charlotte on June 13, 2011. She joins Mary, 4, and Anna, 2. Victoria M. Solomon ’01 and Austin J. Kaufmann ’98, East Lansing, Mich., celebrated the birth of Finley James on April 24, 2011. Austin and Victoria moved to East Lansing after working for three years in Seoul, South Korea. Austin is

com, but he has a handful of others. You can learn more at

Hillary Knox, Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., and Ryan Newman were married April 16, 2011.

Catie Froese Springer ’04 and Troy R. Springer ’05, Elkhart, Ind., celebrated the birth of Lauren Eva on May 23, 2011. She joins Andrew, 2.

Sarah E. Miller, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, graduated with honors from Vancouver Film School (VFS) in the makeup for film and TV program, in December 2010. She works as a make-up artist for films, television, promotional advertising, photo shoots, musicals and theater. In spring 2011, she was awarded the VFS technical achievement award for her makeup with Tinkerbell in Compendium III. Her website is

Katrina Dyck Meyer and Aaron Meyer, Elkhart, Ind., celebrated the birth of Jude Henry on Oct. 10, 2011.

Kevin J. Swartzendruber ’00, Goshen, is pursing a master of divinity degree with a concentration in pastoral care and counseling at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart. Andrea Troyer Wikerd ’01 and Justin L. Wikerd ’04, Lansdale, Pa., celebrated the birth of Alyse Marie on Sept. 8, 2011. Dustin and Tiffany Wyse-Fisher ’02, West Peoria, Ill., and their two children left in September 2011 for a two-year volunteer position in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland, with Corrymeela, an organization that works with reconciliation in Ireland and around the world. Jeremy W. Yoder ’02, LaJunta, Colo., is pastor of Emmanuel Mennonite Church.

Shu Tu successfully defended her thesis on Dec. 13, 2010. She graduated from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., in May 2011 with a Ph.D. in developmental biology. Robert Vander Giessen-Reitsma, Three Rivers, Mich., has worked for the student actvities office at Calvin College for the last five years. He and his wife Kirstin continue working with *culture is not optional, a nonprofit organization they started several years ago, and World Fare, a fair trade store in downtown Three Rivers.

Sophia Zamoun ’01 and Haroon A. Faraz, Detroit, Mich., were married on March 26, 2010. They celebrated the birth of Hanna Faraz on Dec. 30, 2010.

Seth A. Yoder and Sarah Yoder Yoder, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Lewis Allen on May 24, 2011.





Megan Morris Bibbey and Sean Bibbey, Hilliard, Ohio, celebrated the birth of Micah Addison on Jan. 21, 2011. She joins Makenna, 4, and Madison, 3.

Alicia R. Janzen and Johnny Amazan ’07 were married on June 4, 2011. Johnny graduated with a doctor of dental surgery degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry in May 2011. He is now a first-year resident in dental medicine at Abington (Pa.) Memorial Hospital.

Jeff R. Claassen and Mariko Miyama Claassen, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Hannah Joy on June 8, 2011. She joins Ethan, 2. Justin J. Gillette and Melissa Lehman Gillette, Goshen, swept the MVP Health Care Rochester (N.Y.) Marathon by both setting course records on Sept. 18, 2011. It was Justin’s 84th marathon and 33rd victory and Melissa’s 35th marathon. They have swept marathons about a half-dozen times. Melissa is working on a Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame in the molecular and cellular biology division of the biological sciences department. Her research focus is breast cancer. As a professional runner, Justin’s main sponsor is MarathonGuide.

Justin B. Heinzekehr ’06, Claremont, Calif., earned his master’s degree in theology and ethics from Claremont School of Theology in 2011. In fall 2011, he entered a Ph.D. program in process studies at Claremont Lincoln University, where he will explore the relationship between process theology and Anabaptist thought, specifically a potential reconciliation between postmodern philosophy and metaphysics and the distinctive ecclesiology, ethics and theology of modern Anabaptism.


currently working for Michigan State University’s English Language Center.

Kristin E. Walker and Adam Jones, Chicago, Ill., were married Aug. 27, 2011. Kristin is an elementary special education teacher in Chicago Public Schools. Joshua Weaver, Elkhart, Ind., graduated May 21, 2011, with a master of arts degree with a concentration in theology and ethics from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. He is continuing as a research consultant with Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen. Andrea Wiens, Denver, Colo., teaches kindergarten at Crawford Elementary School.

2007 NOTES Stacie Scott Back and Cody Back, Centreville, Mich., celebrated the birth of Arianna Marie on Nov. 28, 2011. Amanda Entz is working as resident director at LCC International University in Klaipeda, Lithuania, this year. Jonathan B. Gingrich and Rachael Meyers ’08, Denver, Colo., were married Sept. 3, 2011. Danielle Haney Hill and Nathan Hill, Topeka, Ind., celebrated the birth of Cody Theodore on Dec. 1, 2011. Dann L. Hunt, Peru, Ind., is turf manager for Hunt’s Outdoor Upkeep, Inc. Anna Yoder Schlabach, Denver, Colo., completed a master of divinity degree at Iliff School of Theology in May 2011. Anna and Brian Yoder Schlabach began a two-year term as Service Adventure Leaders in Albuquerque, N.M.

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Erini Shields, Chicago, Ill., is attending the Chicago Portfolio School with a dual focus in design and art direction. She writes, “I am also establishing a scholarship fund for need-based students, like myself, so that financial limitations will not hold back those who wish to follow their dreams. My entire tuition thus far has been paid from donations, and I am beyond grateful for those who have supported me and my dream.” Jonathan West, Ripon, Colo., began a master of divinity degree at Denver Seminary with a focus on philosophy and religion. Peter C. Widmer, Washington, D.C., is attending graduate school at George Washington University School of Business as a 2013 M.B.A. candidate. Adam D. Yoder and Laura M. Landis, WinstonSalem, N.C., were married May 14, 2011. Laura received her degree in medicine from Northeast Ohio Medical University and is in an emergency medicine residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Kyle M. Yoder and Suzana Kline Yoder, Columbus, Ohio, celebrated the birth of Amelia Rose on Aug. 15, 2011. In June Suzana completed a master’s degree in special education at Ohio University.

2008 NOTES Amanda Beachy graduated May 21, 2011, with a master of divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. She began as co-pastor of Washington (Iowa) Mennonite Church on Aug. 1, 2011. Anna L. Hade and Jesse A. Shaver ’09, San Francisco, Calif., were married June 4, 2011. Anna is an after school teacher and Jesse works as a software engineer. Fjaere M. Harder, Brooklyn, N.Y., played a lead role in The Confession, A New Musical, at Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Ind., this fall ending Dec. 3. Her website is


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Stephanie Kennell, Washington, D.C., won the Nurse of the Year award at George Washington University Medical Center. A certified oncology nurse and unit leader on the 51-bed medical oncology floor, she has worked at GWUMC in oncolongy since graduation. Peter R. Shenk Koontz and Kelly Y. Shenk Koontz, Goshen, began a three-year term with Mennonite Central Committee in Afghanistan in September 2011. They are developing a culture-appropriate peace curriculum for an Afghan organization that does various types of adult education. Luke N. Kreider and Janie M. Beck, New Haven, Conn., were married June 18, 2011. Janie finished her master of divinity in theology and ethics at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in fall 2011, and Luke entered his final year in a master of arts in religion at Yale Divinity School. Anna Mast, Scottdale, Pa., has a bread-making business. She bakes about 50 loaves of bread a week, in addition to granola and other extras. Her business is all word-of-mouth and orders generated via computer. Nathan Ramer, Goshen, graduated May 21, 2011, with a master of divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Nathan began Sept. 1, 2011, as pastor of Wellman (Iowa) Mennonite Church. Erin Bontrager Ramer ’04 works in freelance graphic design. J. Andre Shenk graduated May 21, 2011, with a master of divinity degree with a concentration in theological studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Abby E. Wiles, Valparaiso, Ind., began a master’s degree program in urban and regional planning at Ball State University in fall 2011. Nathan P. Yoder, Salem, Ore., and Allison M. Yoder ’10, Goshen, were married July 30, 2011. Nathan teaches language arts at Laurel Ridge Middle School in Sherwood, Ore., and Allison is a family support and connections provider at Options Counseling in Salem.

2009 NOTES Mikki Saltzman Bowman, Goshen, teaches third grade at New Paris Elementary School. Jessica Fridley and Jonathan Huber, Newton, Kan., were married on Aug. 14, 2010. Analisa Gerig-Sickles, Guatemala City, Guatemala, teaches first grade in the American School of Guatemala. Travis Handfield, Leeds, Great Britain, began a career in management accountancy/finance as a sales accountant for an aluminum manufacturing firm after he finished his M.S.c degree in December 2010. He is also the official organist at Leeds Wesleyan Holiness Church. Brooke Hutchinson, Oak Park, Ill., an education assistant with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, leads programs at partner schools and libraries throughout the Chicago region. Her work and education in art and ASL have cemented her belief that art’s effectiveness as a teaching tool extends even to seemingly unrelated concepts and ideas. Kyle D. Koch and Elizabeth Koch, Goshen, celebrated the birth of Simon David on Aug. 3, 2011. Jesse M. Landis-Eigsti and Elizabeth “Beth” A. Glick ’10, Pittsburgh, Pa., were married Aug. 7, 2011. Jesse works as an extended care assistant at Waldorf School of Pittsburgh and is music director at Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church. Beth is an assistant at Women of the Cloud Forest and is seeking employment in an art-related field. Lindsey Beck Mason began as resident director of Erb Hall women’s dorms at Hesston (Kan.) College with the fall 2011 semester. Jordan E. Miller, Arvada, Colo., and Liz J. Nafziger ’10, Goshen, were married Aug. 11, 2011. Liz began medical school in Fort Wayne at Indiana University Medical School; Jordan is substitute teaching.

Nicky Swain-Goering and Chris Goering, Pretty Prairie, Kan., celebrated the birth of Olivia Lynn on July 5, 2011. She joins Elizabeth, 3, and Malachi, 1.

Aug. 14, 2010. They live in Dublin, Ohio, where Shane works as an employment consultant at Omni One. Amanda works at Doctors Hospital in Columbus as a registered nurse on a medicalsurgical floor.

DEATHS Allen J. Shenk and Anita Opel, Findlay, Ohio, were married Sept. 3, 2011. Marlys E. Weaver and Philip L. Stoesz ’12, both from Goshen, were married April 30, 2011. Joshua A. Yates and Leanndra F. Mast ’11, Plain City, Ohio, were married July 17, 2010.

Sheena Allen Whetstone and Jeremy Whetstone, Atwood, Ind., celebrated the birth of Zerahiah James on July 21, 2011. He joins Zekara, 1. Sheena works as an accountant for Cutting Edge Machine and Tool, Inc., New Paris, Ind.


Justin R. Yoder, Middlebury, Ind., and Stephanie Freed ’11, Quakertown, Pa., were married Oct. 15, 2011.

K. Scott Bethel, MSN, and Lara Bethel, Edwardsburg, Mich., celebrated the birth of Cecelia Grace on May 18, 2011. She joins Serena, 11.

2010 NOTES Rocio Diaz, Goshen, is a bilingual legal assistant at Just Help: Elkhart County Legal Advocacy Center. Russel R. Emery and Karla T. Maust, both from Goshen, were married July 23, 2011. Russell teaches mathematics at Elkhart Memorial High School and also coaches JV boys soccer. Karla works at Inter-Cambio Express as the human resources and accounting associate. Kristen N. Fath and Quinton J. Huffman, both from Goshen, were married on Sept. 4, 2011. They reside in Kansas City, Mo. Russell P. Horst and Karissa L. Brown, Goshen, were married Aug. 20, 2011. Philip L. Hosler of Manheim, Pa., has begun a oneyear service assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in Siem Reap, Cambodia, as a ceramics studio adviser with Rajana Association. He is serving through MCC’s SALT (Serving and Learning Together) program. Shane C. Kurtz, Plymouth, Ind., and Amanda L. Kauffman, Wooster, Ohio, were married

Reuben Sancken, Tolono, Ill., a volunteer with Lutheran Volunteer Corps, is the kaleidoscope coordinator at Brethren Mennonite Council for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Interests.


Isaac Smith of Iowa City, Iowa, is in a one-year assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in Hanoi, Vietnam, as a communications officer with Action for the City and MCC Vietnam. He is serving through MCC’s SALT (Serving and Learning Together) program for young adults.


Dustin M. Yoder, Mount Eaton, Ohio, died Nov. 13, 2011.

FACULTY & STAFF DEATHS James S. Miller (faculty ’80-’11), professor of biology and husband of Linda Suderman Miller, Goshen, died Oct. 9, 2011. Freda Pellman Redekop, wife of Calvin Redekop (faculty ’67-80), 1520 Hawthorne Circle, Harrisonburg, VA 22802, died Aug. 8, 2011. NOTES

Andrea J. Kraybill, Elkhart, Ind., left on Aug. 30 for a two-year voluntary service assignment with Volunteer Missionary Movement at the Centro Cultural Batahala in Managua, Nicaragua, and is teaching English, helping with arts activies and building community. Brian J. Martin, Lancaster, Pa., and Kaila M. Swartley, Elkhart, Ind., were married Aug. 6, 2011. Brian is pursuing a master’s degree in counseling at Eastern Mennonite University, and Kaila works at A Bowl of Good Cafe, Harrisonburg, Va. Kelly M. Miller of Harrisonburg, Va., began a oneyear service assignment with Mennonite Central Committee in San Cristobal Chiapas, Mexico, as an administrative assistant at the Institute for Intercultural Study and Research. She is serving through MCC’s SALT (Serving and Learning Together) program. Jackie C. Moser, Libertyville, Ill., is a nurse at Mundelein Pediatrics.

Abner Hershberger ’60 (faculty ’65-99), Professor Emeritus of Art, had an 11x26-foot art installation, “Culture Clash” on view at ArtPrize, an international exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich., from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6. Displayed at the DeVos Place Convention Center, Hershberger’s work combined two styles – the non-abstract “Heritage Works” represented the Mennonite community and the abstract expressionist work represented the art community. Mark A. Kelley (faculty ’83-01), Orono, Maine, wrote a novel, Rain of Ruin, about his mother, who worked for the Manhattan Project. Kelley is director of journalism at the New England School of Communications in Bangor, Maine.

Ryan A. Moyer and Lauren E. Derstine, Philadelphia, Pa., were married on June 18, 2011. John Munley and Kristina Mast, Corvallis, Ore., were married Aug. 6, 2011. Kristina edits and coordinates projects for a translation company; John is working at a bookstore.

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Jan. 13 Jan. 16

Exhibit: Molly Morin, sculpture, and Stephen Wolochowicz, ceramics, Hershberger Art Gallery

Faculty Recital Series: Solomia Soroka, violin, 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. $7, $5 Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day with guest Vincent Harding

Jan. 20

CSA Guest Recital: Spektral String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. $7, $5

Jan. 29

Exhibit: Andy Cooperman, metals, Hershberger Art Gallery, through Feb. 19

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Feb. 3, 4

Winter One Acts, 8 p.m., Umble Center. $3.

Feb. 5

Winter One Acts, 3 p.m., Umble Center. $3.

Feb. 8, 10

Ted Swartz and Company, 7 p.m., Umble Center

Feb. 11

Concerto-Aria Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. $7, $5

Feb. 14

Afternoon Sabbatical: Goshen’s Coffee Connection, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall.

Feb. 14

C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, 7 p.m., Umble Center.

Feb. 17

Faculty Recital Series: Matthew Hill, solo piano, 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. $7, $5.

Feb. 19





Performing Arts Series: Vance George with Toledo Symphony and GC Choirs, 7 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. $45, $40, $25.

March 4-25

Exhibit: Juanita Yoder, fiber art, Hershberger Art Gallery.

March 4

GC Men’s Chorus Home Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. $7, $5.

March 9

Lavender Jazz Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. $7, $5.


MARCH March 21

Parables year-end program, 7:30 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall.

March 23, 24

Religion & Science Conference, College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall. Call (574) 535-7302 for cost and to register.

March 23, 24, 25

Spring Mainstage: Twelfth Night, 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m., Sunday, Umble Center. $8, $5.

March 27

Performing Arts Series: Mark O’Connor Hot Swing, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. $40, $35, $20.

March 11

Faculty Recital Series: Rebecca Hovan, flute, & Christine Larson Seitz, piano, 4 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. $7, $5.

March 13

Afternoon Sabbatical: Goshen Meets Broadway, 1 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall.

March 16, 17

Opera Scenes Performance, 7:30 p.m., Friday, and 4 p.m., Saturday, Rieth Recital Hall. $7, $5.

March 25

Organ Recital Series, Danielle Svonavec (soprano) and Kevin Vaughn, organ, 4 p.m., Rieth Recital Hall. $7, $5.

International Student Coffeehouse, 5 p.m. meal, College Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall; 7 p.m., show, Sauder Concert Hall. $17, $11 (dinner and show) $10, $6 (show).

March 30

Spring Mainstage: Twelfth Night, 8 p.m., Umble Center. $8, $5.

March 31

GC Choirs Earthtones Concert, 7:30 p.m., Sauder Concert Hall. $7, $5

March 17

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– Richard R. Aguirre


Martin Luther King Jr. made an historic visit to Goshen College on March 10, 1960. In the photo, King speaks with Willard Smith (Professor of History from 1929 to 1972) and Guy F. Hershberger (Professor of History from 1925 to 1966). King took a break from his busy schedule of striving for equality and justice in Alabama to present a lecture on “The Future of Integration” in the Union Auditorium. In her book, “Culture for Service, A History of Goshen College,” author Susan Fisher Miller ’80 wrote that King’s visit “sparked a great deal of interest” on campus and spurred sustained activism against segregation. King is still remembered frequently on campus but no more so than during the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Study Day. In 2011, Goshen College’s Voices-nHarmony Gospel choir, below, performed during a community prayer breakfast and convocation. Last year, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Study Day Committee launched “40 Days of Peace,” an initiative designed to encourage students, faculty, staff and community members to extend practices of peacemaking into their daily interactions with others. The initiative will be repeated in 2012. You can read more about King’s historic visit and about plans for the next commemoration (Jan. 16, 2012) at www.


CELEBRATING IN GOSHEN AND ELSEWHERE Goshen College alumni gathered on July 5, 2011, during the Mennonite Church USA Convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. for an evening of reconnecting and reminiscing. The program included reflections from President Brenneman, music by The Dynamics, and students sharing about their work with WGCS and Menno Tea. A day later, Goshen College hosted a young adult alumni gathering in Pittsburgh at the Union Project and PULSE house (below). On Oct. 7-9, and just five weeks after the arrival of the Class of 2015, hundreds of alumni, including members of the Class of 1961 (above), returned to campus for Homecoming 2011. See more photos from alumni gatherings in Pittsburgh and Homecoming at


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A GIFT THAT KEEPS GIVING Alumni, parents of students and other friends give to the Goshen College Fund to provide student financial aid and scholarships, foster spiritual development, enhance faculty development, support the Study-Service Term (SST) and to help pay for technology upgrades. Your unrestricted gift to the GC Fund will help the college respond to opportunities and to needs as they arise. Won’t you make your gift today?



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Contact Rose Shetler, director of Annual Giving, by calling 574.535.7536, sending an email to, going online to www/ or writing to Development Office, Goshen College, 1700 South Main St., Goshen, IN 46526.

Gathering to Celebrate  

Goshen College Alumni Magazine Winter 2011-2012. In this issue you'll read about this year's past commencement and homecoming, the success s...

Gathering to Celebrate  

Goshen College Alumni Magazine Winter 2011-2012. In this issue you'll read about this year's past commencement and homecoming, the success s...